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Press Release: FORMER AG HOLDER DECLARES SUPPORT FOR RESCHEDULING

  1. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    Press Release From Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
    Press Release: FORMER AG HOLDER DECLARES SUPPORT FOR RESCHEDULING



    Contact: Mikayla Hellwich For Immediate Release:

    media@leap.cc Thursday, February 25, 2016

    240.461.3066


    FORMER AG HOLDER DECLARES SUPPORT FOR RESCHEDULING


    In a detailed PBS Frontline interview published Tuesday, Former Attorney General Eric

    Holder said marijuana should be rescheduled. Marijuana is currently listed under Schedule I

    of the Controlled Substances Act, a category relegated to drugs that have no safe medical

    uses and extremely high potential for abuse and addiction. Placement in this category makes

    domestic research into the effects of marijuana extremely difficult and often impossible.

    Marijuana’s placement has been widely criticized and disputes mounting ever-growing

    evidence from other countries.


    “I certainly think it ought to be rescheduled…so at a minimum, I think Congress needs to

    do that,” Holder told PBS. “Then I think we need to look at what happens in Colorado and

    what happens in Washington.”


    “I believe Holder’s statements will inspire more high-ranking officials to speak publicly

    about the injustices they see in our failed marijuana policies,” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.),

    executive director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a criminal justice

    group working to legalize marijuana. “Ultimately, his support will move us closer to ending

    marijuana prohibition for good.”


    Rescheduling marijuana to a more lenient Schedule III could increase the ease with which

    researchers can study the drug in scientific and clinical settings as well as allow state-legal

    marijuana businesses the same business expense tax-deductions enjoyed by other companies.

    Rescheduling would also encourage states considering legalizing, regulating, and controlling

    the drug to carry out the will of their voters. A 2015 Gallup Poll found that 58% of

    Americans support legalization.


    Marijuana is currently legal for adult use in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the

    District of Columbia. Twenty states report marijuana legalization efforts for 2016.

    LEAP is committed to ending decades of failed policy that have created dangerous

    underground markets and gang violence, fostered corruption and racism, and largely ignored

    the public health crisis of addiction. Marijuana prohibition has damaged the relationship

    between communities and police and has ultimately diverted the penal system’s attention

    away from more important crimes.


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    Source: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    Date: 25-02-2016 16:28

Comments

  1. Reclaimer
    Good for him... Its meaningless now tho..

    His support does JACK SHIT... Where the fuck was this attitude when he was in office and could have actually done something???
  2. prescriptionperil
    My sentiments exactly, reclaimer. Although, at least Holder left jurisdiction up to individual states.

    A day late and a dollar short on the federal classification of cannabis, Mr Holder.
  3. Alfa
    Politics is tactics. Eric Holder had a huge problem with Congress. So huge that he had to give up his position as Attorney General. If Holder would have made proposed rescheduling as AG then congress would have shot it down without looking at the proposal.

    It's now up to Loretta Lynch, the current attorney general to make her move on rescheduling.
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