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In Under 4 Minutes, Video Exposes Vile Nature of DEA Classifying CBD Oil as Schedule 1

The DEA struck again, this time moving to make CBD oil, a life-saving medicinal substance derived from the cannabis plant, a Schedule I narcotic — an act so defying logic and against the public interest, it all but proves the agency’s fealty to Big Pharma.

Schedule I “drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” the DEA claims — and the fact cannabis and, now, CBD (cannabidiol) oil are listed there, alongside heroin and cocaine, disputes the government’s own studies — no less than 40 of them.

Cannabis and cannabinoid derivatives have been proven — by government researchers — to treat everything from prostate and lung cancers, to breast, blood, and even brain cancer. Other studies have proven the substances can treat Crohn’s disease, childhood epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and much more.

CBD oil, in particular, has saved or miraculously improved the lives of even very young children who previously endured tens, or even hundreds, of crippling seizures every week due to epilepsy — in fact three, separate studies in a span of just five months proved this.

Anecdotal evidence further shows the benefits of CBD oil — one three year old who was diagnosed with severe autism and had been unable to vocalize after being treated for a rare form of cancer, gained the ability to speak after just two days of treatment with the substance.

Even house pets benefit from treatment with cannabidiol oil — dogs receive relief from seizures and pain with regular doses.

“This is a misguided and, frankly, ignorant move by the DEA,” Jeffrey Zucker, president and co-founder of Denver-based Green Lion Partners, told WestWord. “CBD does nothing but help people, and to put it on a level with heroin is absurd. Hopefully the backlash will be extreme enough for them to reconsider, as the only group this ruling helps is the pharmaceutical industry.”

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Outrage has only intensified since the DEA’s December 14 filing to register CBD and cannabinoids as a substance of no medical worth — with attorneys, advocates, parents, patients, and even the media collectively calling the move, well, asinine — if not recklessly cruel.

Any businesses selling such products have until January 13 to properly register, in order for CBD oil and other cannabis-extract containing items to be tracked when the rule change is made official.

For its part, the DEA dismissed public ire as so much hysteria, calling the categorization of cannabis extract products a simple administrative switch that won’t have any bearing on sales.

However, that assertion fails to address how individual states — and their law enforcement agencies — will decide to interpret the move.

Calling the DEA’s action “very concerning,” Attorney Bob Hoban, head of the Hoban Law Group, explained, “What it purports to do is give the DEA control of all cannabinoids as a controlled substance.”

Hoban “said the danger lies in when other federal and state agencies use the drug codes as defining factors of what’s legal and illegal,” reports the Cannabist.

“At a minimum, it interferes with commerce,” Hoban noted. “At a maximum, it exposes people potentially to criminal action.

“It worries me because the definition of any marijuana-derived products, such as cannabinoids, are not unlawful substances, per se. It seems like they’re trying to extend their authority over all cannabinoids.”

Robert J. Capecchi, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, had far stronger feelings about the DEA’s move, telling Vice, “The whole policy around this plant is just so illogical. Even when you look at the criteria you’re supposed to be looking at under the law, they’re just not following it. It’s just a stupid policy for lack of a better term.”

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“What the heck is the DEA doing?” asks journalist Ben Swann in a recent Reality Check explanatory video, calling the agency’s actions “completely wrong.”

Swann explains the cannabis plant has over 400 different ingredients, including cannabinoids, which “can be extracted as oil. CBD is a particular kind of cannabinoid oil, and unlike THC, the chemical that can give you a ‘high’ when it’s smoked, CBD is not psychoactive. That’s really important — it means it does not have the ability to get you high.”

He further notes the tens of thousands of children benefiting from cannabinoid oil can go from suffering hundreds of seizures each week to just two or three per day, with “one to two drops” of oil daily.

“CBD is saving lives,” Swann asserts plainly. “So is THC-A, the acidic form of THC — and THC oil.”

As the veteran propaganda-slaying journalist explains, “essentially, the DEA created a new category of drugs, specifically for cannabis, called ‘marijuana extracts.’

“In short, the DEA is clarifying that cannabis isn’t just illegal, but any naturally occurring oil, extracted from that natural plant, they say has no medical value and is highly addictive — and that is absolutely untrue. And to see how untrue, consider the fact that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services holds a patent — on CBD and cannabinoids.”

U.S. Patent 6,630,507, in fact, “lists cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. HHS holds the patent on using CBD and other cannabinoids for the purpose of treating Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autoimmune diseases, like Crohn’s, and even HIV.”

This proves, indisputably, the government knows the astonishingly varied and proven medical value of the cannabis plant and its derivatives — but the DEA doesn’t want you to have access to them — something Swann rightly calls “beyond ludicrous.”

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However, in addition to outright absurdity, “the DEA doesn’t even have the authority to do this,” he continues. “In this case, the DEA is trying to create a new category of dangerous drug — simply because some bureaucrat has decided that the oil from this plant should be illegal to possess. And that is an authority the DEA doesn’t have.

“The agency is tasked with enforcing the law — not creating or expanding it.”

  • anarchyst

    The DEA should be prosecuted for “practicing medicine without a license”. One well-placed lawsuit could abolish all drug prohibition…

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  • Gilbert Chavez

    The DEA doesn’t want anyone to feel good or get better from cannabis because it cuts in to their good buddies at Big pharma’s profits. The DEA couldn’t care less about American’s wellbeing. They like having another reason to violate American’s rights.

    • Nick C

      You can’t profit as much from happy people as you can from suppressed, repressed, suffering, sick people. That’s the bottom line and it’s disgusting, but thankfully people are starting to realize the DEA is full to the gills with horseshit, and it’s beautiful to see people starting to realize that psychedelic drugs like cannabis and LSD are not the same “drugs” thing that drugs of addiction like meth and heroin are. Joe Rogan said it best when he said: “Let’s put it this way – to lump psychedelic mushrooms into the same group as methamphetamine is like lumping the Bible into the same group as Mein Kampf. I mean shit- they’re both books, right?”

  • Steve

    You guys are missing the point. Big Pharma wants to be the only one in the game for CBD etc. Otherwise, they don’t make any money.

    • FiuToYou

      Close the DEA and live better!!

  • Another very important but seldom mentioned fact is that cannabis and its extracts are non-toxic.

  • Nick C

    I don’t understand how a show called “Reality Check” chose to use “LSD, Ecstasy, and Heroin” as their three examples of dangerous and medically unacceptable drugs. I don’t appreciate this talking point that everyone is using to characterize schedule I drugs: “in the same class as LSD and heroin.” It’s very disingenuous. I feel like someone sees all the advancements that are being made in psychedelic studies and wanted to quash it and put the idea that “LSD is dangerous” back into everyone’s heads.
    But I digress…
    “LSD, ecstasy, and heroin.” All three of those drugs have medical uses and all three should be either schedule II or III if they must be scheduled at all. Furthermore, LSD is not a dangerous drug at all, either physically or mentally, unless you consider its ability to topple oppressive regimes through thought reformation. MDMA is the best drug out of those three to focus on for this argument though because the FDA knows it’s highly therapeutic thanks to the work of foundations like MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies,) using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat extreme cases of PTSD, and finding an 85%+ success rate (compare that to the most effective currently accepted treatment, talk therapy, with its 20-something-percent success rate.)
    How can the FDA be so sure MDMA is actually this beneficial and efficacious? Well because they’ve been meeting with MAPS about it for years, overseeing MAPS’ clinical studies of MDMA, and just this month MAPS announced that the FDA is right about to approve MDMA for phase III trials, which obviously come after phases I and II are completed, and although the first two phases determine physical safety and whether or not the drug does anything, phase three trials only happen when you know the drug is safe to give to humans (phase I,) that it has medical benefits (phase II.) 70-90% of drugs that reach phase III eventually get full approval from the FDA. For reference of how far along MAPS is with this study, phase IV is “post-marketing surveillance,” which is when they study how the drug has worked after it’s been available for several years.
    And allow me to address the “MDMA eats holes in your brain” urban myth, while I’m on the topic. That urban myth comes from a specific study that was done decades ago, studying Methamphetamine. The results determined that meth use caused dark spots on fMRI scans where the brain was working less effectively, but there were never any physical “holes.” Some of you know MDMA stands for methylenedioxymethamphetamine, (methylene-dioxy-‘methamphetamine’,) and the “brain holes” urban myth started when someone saw the “methamphetamine” at the end of MDMA’s chemical name and they decided that they were gonna say the results of this old methamphetamine study also probably applied to MDMA, even though they didn’t even understand the results of the study in the first place! It was a very irresponsible mistake to make and it stuck around and people still believe it to this day.

    Between LSD and MDMA, LSD is the safer drug, with its safety profile on par with that of cannabis, dropping acid is realistically about as dangerous as going for a leisurely bike ride. However, but MDMA is much easier to defend from its ‘schedule I’ label than LSD is, because the Reagan-era LSD fear mongering still hasn’t stopped. People still believe outlandish claims about LSD about how it can “make you go crazy” or cause you to “trip forever!” Ahhh! It’s all false. People still believe MDMA eats holes in your brain and that’s almost just as crazy because of the reasons I listed above.

  • FiuToYou

    DEA or Dead Empty-headed A-holes are part of the swamp that is NOT EVEN NEEDED in ANY COUNTRY. Make all drugs legal and guess what. END OF PROBLEM!!!!! America ‘Land of the free, Home of the brave, and run by idiots. Maybe after January 20th things will change drastically. I hope Trump is smart enough to look at Portugal for example and see the truth. War on drugs and the DEA is not needed period!!!!

  • ThorosiousD

    The pharmaceutical industry and their well connected cohorts (oil, industrial food, cotton, chemical, consumption retail, military equipment manufacturers, etc.) are the government. Just look at how many of their former associates work in the halls of the acronym squads. They all know that cannabis has the potential to end their ability to centralize power and consolidate industry.
    Millions of farmers and other locals would profit instead of only the few global corporations.
    The chains of ignorance are coming loose.

  • Sylvia María Valls

    Even if it WERE psychoactive no government may legitimately interfere with the use of plants and their natural derivatives that have been part of humanity’s patrimony since times immemorial! This is part of an effort to retain the black market for the best medicine available to humanity so that the usurers and their allies may continue to exploit humanity to the hilt. Marihuana is by definition medicinal… it’s enough that it allows you to laugh more heartily than otherwise. THESE LAWS ARE ILLEGITIMATE BY DEFINITION AND ALSO SHORTLY TO BE RECOGNIZED AS AN INFRINGEMENT UPON OUR MOST BASIC RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES… LET US CONTRIBUTE TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE OBSCENITY THEY STAND FOR!! http://www.institutosimoneweil.net

  • ann

    you need to do better research. I know this has been a hot topic the last few days. But this information is false and misleading. The DEA filed a document clearing up any nomenclature confusion. Any product made from the “marijuana” plant is illegal but it always has been. What is legal, still completely legal is CBD oil made with hemp that meets all the guidelines of the farm bill of a few years ago. Any product made with hemp grown under the farm bill’s specific requirements is legal as long as the hemp or the product does not exceed .3%THC. The document everyone is referring to never ever uses the word hemp because it was trying to distinguish between industrial hemp and actual THC containing cannabis. There are a few really great CBD companies out there that are very much in compliance with the farm bill and are proving to help thousands of kids. Articles like this are going to make parents fearful to keep ordering the product that is helping keep their child as healthy as they can with what ever disease they suffer from.

    A media source such as yours really should have slowed down and spent more time making sure they had their facts straight. It is one thing for us parents to get confused but we look to you for our answers. And your answer was totally wrong this time

  • Duncan Woodward

    America is an ever growing cesspit of corruption , idiocy and injustice. Thank fuck I dont live there!

  • Spanky

    Even more reason for individual states to say a big “F*** you!* to the Feds and DEA. This is a new world in states rights, and the archaic corporate-supported actions of DEA and others will soon have to be dismissed. Big Pharma can and will never conquer the people.