- Posted April 30, 2012 by
Buffalo, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
My response to the Obama Administration's Drug Czar in his Arpil 29th statement on Industrial Hemp
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
So today, I found an article by The Huffington Post, apparently seven months ago there was an online petition floating around, which was SPONSORED by the white house finally got a response from Gil Kerlikowske, The Obama Administration’s drug Czar. According to a letter from the United States Accountability office, the drug czar is a slang term for whoever directs dug-control propaganda in the United States. So seven months after this petition allegedly came into play, it was responded with about 1 paragraph worth of babbling nonsense. In his VERY FIRST interview as the US Drug Czar, with the Washington post he says "Regardless of how you try to explain to people it's a 'war on drugs' or a 'war on a product,' people see a war as a war on them," he said. "We're not at war with people in this country.” Now the statement ‘war on product’ alone brings up a lot of questions all on it’s own, I don’t like that. That could mean a war on ANYTHING we consume if interpreted the wrong way. And to say they are not at war with the people of this country is a clear contradiction to what is happening right now. I understand they are after the big shots, which is what they keep saying, and it makes sense, but they are waging skirmishes with the general public to get to that point. I’m speaking of raids which bend the term ‘probable cause’ further than it was ever intended as well as circle talk which must be a class in police academy’s across the nation because they aren’t out to protect you, they will do anything in their power to get you to say something that will incriminate yourself. President Obama’s misleading claims are the focus of most news stories on the topic and for good reason, but the latest statements from the drug czar have apparently slipped under the radar. This is in regard to INDUSTRIAL HEMP by the way, the petition was not intended to promote or propose legalization of the ‘drug’ marijuana.
I am going to quote the White House Drug Czar’s exact response to the petition:
OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO Allow Industrial Hemp to be grown in the U.S. Once Again
What We Have to Say About Marijuana and Hemp Production
By Gil Kerlikowske
America's farmers deserve our Nation's help and support to ensure rural America's prosperity and vitality. Federal law prohibits human consumption, distribution, and possession of Schedule I controlled substances. Hemp and marijuana are part of the same species of cannabis plant. While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, can contain THC, a Schedule I controlled substance. The Administration will continue looking for innovative ways to support farmers across the country while balancing the need to protect public health and safety.
Now if you know anything about hemp or marijuana, you’ll notice right away how ridiculous this sounds. More so if you know a thing or two about how the feds talk! He more or less deflects the issue onto something completely irrelevant…marijuana. The petition has nothing to do with the use of marijuana and the hemp itself does NOT have THC!! The THC is created in the flowers and buds, which is what is most often eaten and consumed. It is a different thing altogether and of course he would twist this to make it sound like they wanted to legalize pot. Way to go white house staff you have successfully made yourselves look like you cannot READ let alone tell the difference in a plant by looking at it.
Hemp is NOT a schedule I substance and can legally be possessed and consumed if it has been imported in the form of a pre-made product…but yet it’s a drug and we can’t grow it? Tell me how that makes any sense. There’s a lot more to the article and if this sounds interesting to you I recommend you read it yourself as they go into much more detail analyzing everything that is wrong with what he said.