Earlier this month, CBS reported that DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg proclaimed in a briefing that the premise of medicinal marijuana “is a joke."
"What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal -- because it's not. We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don't call it medicine -- that is a joke."
Rosenberg’s comments came a day after Ohio rejected a ballot measure proposing to legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis and after the DEA had released its 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary. He went on to say the following...
"There are pieces of marijuana — extracts or constituents or component parts — that have great promise medicinally…But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana, which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana, it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine."
Tens of thousands of Americans are now taking a stance again the DEA chief's comments through a petition calling President Obama to fire Rosenberg and "appoint a new DEA administrator who will respect science, medicine, patients and voters."
It's worth noting that former DEA administrator Michele Leonhart resigned back in April after a similar petition by Marijuana Policy Project received around 46,000 signatures. The petition was in response to her statements criticizing Obama for saying cannabis was less harmful than alcohol.