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Congress. They’ve had it.

Congress. They’ve had it.

Well, Obama, now that you’ve said it, you can’t take it back. When he made the following statement a few weeks back, how did he think folks would respond?

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

So…let’s get this straight. Marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol? That’s interesting, because it is still listed in the federal Controlled Substances Act at Schedule I, which is the strictest classification, right up there with heroin. Meth and cocaine, on the other hand, are Schedule II – supposedly less dangerous.

But we know this isn’t true, and now Obama has admitted that he knows it too. We’ve heard responses from anti-drug groups, pro-legalization groups, and the media. Now Congressmen are talking back too.

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of 18 Congressmen sent President Obama a letter explaining that his administration has the power (and responsibility) to move marijuana down on the list of controlled substances. The group is requesting that he direct Attorney General Eric Holder to make this change, which he does have the authority to do under Title 21 of the United States Code (USC) Controlled Substances Act.

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer sums it up well in a news release:

“Cocaine and methamphetamine are more dangerous than marijuana. Everyone knows this. Tobacco, which is a legal substance, kills an estimated 443,000 people a year, while there are no recorded examples of marijuana overdoses. The Administration needs to recognize the relative dangers of these drugs if it wants to restore its credibility.”

Great call, Congress members! And, if you’re interested in a pretty in-depth ranking and analysis of common drugs, check out this fascinating blog post. It’s a lot to summarize, but a great read.

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