The war on drugs has been a long game of lies and misinformation, but the people have had enough and are calling on the DEA to stop the lying and admit to the truths they know. A petition with over 85,000 signatures on Change.org is gaining tracking in the short month it's been alive, and with a little more support it could bring real change. The DEA has been using false information for years about marijuana being a gateway drug and this gives politicians and those in power the ability to quote this wrong information to justify their actions and fortify their prohibitionist goals. The DEA has even admitted to the falsehoods in the past, but has done nothing to update their publicly available information on cannabis.
Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/president-obama-make-the-dea-tell-the-truth-about-marijuana
“Many people don’t know that it is illegal for federal agencies to disseminate incorrect information”, the petition begins. “But when it comes to medical cannabis, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been doing this for years — and politicians use this misinformation to justify opposition to medical cannabis laws.”
“The DEA has actually admitted that the theories that cannabis use leads to harder drugs (gateway theory), long-term brain damage, psychosis, and other alleged harms, are not based in scientific fact, and yet they keep distributing this false information”, says ASA. “[W]e have found 25 instances of these false claims on their website.”
Th petition ends by saying that; “Forcing the DEA to correct this misinformation would give medical cannabis patients and the families the ability to say, unequivocally, “That is not based in scientific fact, and the DEA has admitted that as well,” effectively removing these falsehoods from the conversation.”