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NORML Delivers Over 10,000 Citizen Comments To The FDA Calling For The Reconsideration of Cannabis Prohibition

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director April 23, 2018

    NORML today hand-delivered over 10,000 written comments from US citizens calling on federal and international agencies to amend the international prohibition of cannabis. The public comments, which were requested earlier this month by the US Food and Drug Administration, will be considered as part of the World Health Organization’s ongoing review of the plant’s international classification.

    Under international treaties, the marijuana plant is classified in the most restrictive schedules available for controlled substances. NORML maintains that this scheduling does not accurately reflect the plant’s widespread therapeutic acceptance and relatively low abuse potential.

     

    The United National’s international prohibition of cannabis is a relic from a bygone era. This decision, which was largely a political one made over 50 years ago, does not accurately reflect either the available science or the rapidly changing political and cultural status of cannabis worldwide.

    Members of NORML’s Board of Directors also submitted their own written testimony to the FDA, opining: “In general, the safety, dependence, and usage profile of cannabis compares favorably to alcohol, tobacco, and other unscheduled substances. For this reason, NORML believes that cannabis [ultimately] should be withdrawn from the treaty framework entirely.”

    As of 1pm EST on April 23rd, there are only 6,566 comments submitted through the federal site. With the comments by NORML members, we will have submitted 61% of all public comments should that number hold.

    Background per Regulations.gov:

    The United States is a party to the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances (Psychotropic Convention). Article 2 of the Psychotropic Convention provides that if a party to the convention or WHO has information about a substance, which in its opinion may require international control or change in such control, it shall so notify the Secretary-General of the United Nations (the U.N. Secretary-General) and provide the U.N. Secretary-General with information in support of its opinion.

    Paragraph (d)(2)(A) of the CSA (21 U.S.C. 811) (Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970) provides that when WHO notifies the United States under Article 2 of the Psychotropic Convention that it has information that may justify adding a drug or other substances to one of the schedules of the Psychotropic Convention, transferring a drug or substance from one schedule to another, or deleting it from the schedules, the Secretary of State must transmit the notice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary of HHS). The Secretary of HHS must then publish the notice in the Federal Register and provide opportunity for interested persons to submit comments that will be considered by HHS in its preparation of the scientific and medical evaluations of the drug or substance.

    45 responses to “NORML Delivers Over 10,000 Citizen Comments To The FDA Calling For The Reconsideration of Cannabis Prohibition”

    1. Matt says:

      great work, all! remember the UN as well! long overdue, desch.

      • Matt says:

        and, yes, comments are important, so leave them!

        • Sherrie says:

          Says right in the article that it was a political decision! Greed is the only reason it’s still illegal! The government is making way too much $ by withholding the BEST medicine and marketing their deadly drugs and by locking up and charging law abiding citizens. End the war on the American people!!!

          • Thank you for sharing, Joshua. Your body, your rights. It is your situation, so you choose what is best for you, and you chose health and better quality of life… isn’t that just your Human Right?

    2. Patricia says:

      Please leagaliza marjuana

    3. Dain Bramage says:

      Thank you for “being the change you seek” as Gandhi said. Thank you for action taken!

    4. Allyson d says:

      Legalize my medicine!!!! Don’t wanna become addicted to pain pills . I’ve lost too many people to addiction & it runs in my family . Please do the right thing here .

      • Paul says:

        As a cancer patient with a lifelong existence with PTSD ,I can appreciate several positive aspects of my cannabis use. With cancer treatment and cancer pain. the cannabis reduces the need for highly addictive pain medication and reduces the side effects of chemotherapy. It has also helped to reduce side effects of PTSD such as anxiety ,depression ,and stress. It is ridiculous to consider this for anymore the face value.

    5. Robert A Zagars says:

      Please remove marijuana from the controlled substance list.

    6. Pat says:

      Idiotic not to reform these laws.legelize it tax and regulate it, decriminalize it. It is a medicine and it’s natural. Plus a $$$$ maker for the state’s that legalize it. Legalize it Don t criticize it. Don t go by 1o37 laws or 1970 laws. This is 2018, get with the program. U have the research and a patient.

    7. TheOracle says:

      I repeat once again. It is absolutely appalling that the United States of America is a signatory to an agreement that countries who execute people for cannabis use as a mere excuse saying that they are only enforcing international law when they take someone’s life. I don’t want my country to be a part of that. Get us the hell out of these international treaties.

      DO NOT WAIT for WHO or the UN or anyone to de-schedule it first! U.S. exceptionalism says we can do it. Just forget about WHO notifying the U.S. and all that shit. WTF are you doing, Congress? What a rigamarole! FDA recommends to WHO then WHO recommends to the HHS. Now that is some f***inn bullshit. The U.S. just does it and WHO makes the change. Look, if the WHO was ever really going to de-schedule they should have done it long already, like last freakin’ time.

      Bullshit red tape:

      Paragraph (d)(2)(A) of the CSA (21 U.S.C. 811) (Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970) provides that when WHO notifies the United States under Article 2 of the Psychotropic Convention that it has information that may justify adding a drug or other substances to one of the schedules of the Psychotropic Convention, transferring a drug or substance from one schedule to another, or deleting it from the schedules, the Secretary of State must transmit the notice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary of HHS). The Secretary of HHS must then publish the notice in the Federal Register and provide opportunity for interested persons to submit comments that will be considered by HHS in its preparation of the scientific and medical evaluations of the drug or substance.

    8. Julian says:

      Mmm-mm-m-mm-mm!

      Now that’s what I call marijuana policy reform activism!

      Go Justin!
      Go Carly!
      Go Joy!

      This is how we overturn failed international treaties!!!

      Everyone, get your NORML associate or significant other to record your political event! We don’t have to be Hollywood Directors to record historical moments! We just have to show up to important events with a cell phone cam and empty cell-memory!

      Thank you Justin and Carly for setting up a NORML sign up for the FDA to protest international treaties under the WHO. It’s about damn time.

      Record it fellow NORML members!

    9. Anonymous says:

      FDA, get it right. Cannabis does not belong besides Heroin and Methamphetamine. This is a basically harmless substance. This is 2018. Please consider re-scheduling. People’s lives matter.

    10. Joshua Armstrong says:

      I have Crohn’s disease. The use of marijuana and extracts from such plant have greatly reduce the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and the impact of them on my life. No other pharmaceutical drug has been able to give me such relief as marijuana has. I have been able to be a productive member of society again because of its use.

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