Pro-marijuana activists want the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to stop disseminating false information about cannabis. Led by the nonprofit Americans for Safe Access, a group of pot supporters recently delivered nearly 100,000 signatures to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The petitions ask the Obama Administration to take action before Donald Trump takes the office of president.
Organizers are especially fearful of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s choice to be Attorney General. He has said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” And during recent confirmation hearings Sessions has done little to calm the nerves of cannabis supporters.
Petitioners are “calling on President Obama to instruct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to stop disseminating false information about medical cannabis immediately and ensure that any future information about medical cannabis treatment reflects medically-accurate and up-to-date facts,” says an ASA statement.
Organizers argue that the DEA’s information on cannabis violates the Information Quality Act (IQA, aka Data Quality Act) and includes inaccurate statements. “The DEA continues to distribute statements about the efficacy of medical cannabis and its risks,” ASA says.
The nonprofit clearly believes the time for a correction is now, since Obama has been friendlier to drug policy reform than Trump would appear to be. “The group and petition signers, therefore, feel it is crucial this information is updated prior to the new administration taking office,” according to ASA.