DEA Just Quietly Removed Document About Marijuana Health Risks From Website by Jack Burns
The Drug Enforecment Agency (DEA) quietly removed a 45-page document from its website which had long been criticized for stating inaccuracies and making false statements about cannabis.
According to The Cannabist, “‘The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse,’ a nearly 45-page publication on the various ramifications of cannabis use, no longer was available on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s website.” One statement, found on page 7, made the following claim, “Legalization of marijuana, no matter how it begins, will come at the expense of our children and public safety. It will create dependency and treatment issues, and open the door to use of other drugs, impaired health, delinquent behavior, and drugged drivers.”
However, we at TFTP have addressed those myths associated with cannabis, all of which directly contradict the DEA’s controversial statement. As our very own Matt Agorist once wrote, the eyes of the world are being opened to the wondrous medical benefits of marijuana. “Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells, save the lives of countless epileptic children, treat PTSD, heal bones, treat brain trauma, and a slew of other uses science is only beginning to understand. And yet, the only thing dangerous about this seemingly miraculous plant is that police will kidnap, cage, or kill you for possessing it.”
But thanks to the efforts of TFTP and others, the DEA has chosen to take down its document which used the semantics of fear, and danger, to promote its anti-cannabis policies.
Another cannabis advocacy group, the Americans for Safe Access, took their concerns over the erroneous document directly to the DEA, filing a petition in late 2016, under the Information Quality Act, arguing that the DEA was promoting false statements and thereby shaping public policy towards cannabis.