During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today Rep. Steve Cohen (D) directly pointed out to Attorney General Eric Holder that the power to reschedule any drug, including marijuana, rests with his office.
When explicitly asked why he hasn’t even at least request the medical evaluation that would begin the rescheduling process Holder responded, “I’m satisfied with what we have done.”
What they “have done” is actively stood in the way of change. Under Holder’s leadership the Department of Justice has not only refused to move forward with a petition from several sitting governors regarding the rescheduling of marijuana but has actually gone to court to fight against efforts to compel them to act.
If President Obama wanted to, his administration has the authority to move marijuana from Schedule I and to a lower classification where the federal government would finally acknowledge it has medical value. But when pressed about the issue in way that left no wiggle room his team made it clear nothing has changed: they simply don’t want to use this power.
It is very disappointing that the Obama administration is satisfied with their decision to ignore the science and will of the electorate on this issue.
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