Madmen Rule You, Part 12: Conclusion
Dear reader, I hope you now have some sense of the legal reasoning that hides within the statement, unchallenged by anyone in the press, that the federal government does not recognize any medical use of cannabis.
As I said earlier, moving cannabis out of Schedule I may make an incremental difference in US drug policy but more likely it is necessary to move cannabis out of the Schedules entirely and treat is as a product perhaps regulated by the FDA but not the DEA.
I leave you with some final thoughts for consideration: why is there a DEA? Why do police officers have final jurisdiction over psychoactive substances other than alcohol and tobacco? Why is it not sufficient to create a psychoactive substances bureau inside some other regulatory body, such as perhaps the FDA, that will note the potential or actual risks of psychoactive substances, issue warnings and propose standardized labeling and means of distribution, and seize adulterated products - but no more, leaving primary regulatory authority to the states? Police regulation is usually required for firearms, explosives, and other potential weapons, but drugs and other psychoactive substances are not weapons.