Pene diMaio

By: Pene diMaio

Dear Attorney General Sessions:  

You have used the undeniable fact of a “historic drug epidemic” to justify a crackdown on medical marijuana. This is false corollary logic.

Your “logic” is at odds with what credentialed researchers know about current drug use and abuse in the United States. The epidemic you refer to involves deadly opioid drugs, not marijuana.

Marijuana is comprised of cannabinoids, diverse chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells, thereby altering neurotransmitter releases in the brain. As a result, pain and stress is reduced, allowing the body to heal. Yes, it also contains THC, the chemical that gets you high, but the strains used for medical use have minimal THC and an abundance of the CBDs. There is NO comparison to street or recreational marijuana.

A growing body of research, acknowledged by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has shown that opioid deaths and overdoses actually decrease in states with medical marijuana laws on the books. This research strongly suggests that cracking down on medical marijuana laws, as you have requested, could perversely make the opioid epidemic even worse.

History has shown us that Reagan’s War on Drugs is an abysmal failure. Drugs have proliferated, becoming more and more deadly, and we have an obscene number of nonviolent inmates incarcerated in our for-profit prisons. If Reagan’s war is failing, why would you EVER think yours would succeed?

If you continue to insist on this horrendous folly, history will show that, rather than work in the best interest of American citizens, you chose to enrich Big Pharma, the corporate prison conglomerates, the alcohol industry and ultimately, depending on the lobbyists’ generosity, yourself.

That would be a shame and a crime.