Friday, April 15, 2016

My Letters to the Presidents: Responses

I've got the following responses to some of my letters(see original post).

This one is from White House. Probably Obama's assistants...

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON
Thank you for writing.  The Obama Administration is committed to developing policies based on science and research, and the Federal Government has been funding and reviewing studies to better understand marijuana’s effects on individuals, public health, and safety.  
This Administration opposes marijuana legalization, and our policy approach focuses on improving public health and safety through prevention, treatment, support for recovery, and innovative criminal justice strategies to break the cycle of drug use and crime.  A considerable body of evidence shows that marijuana use, especially chronic use that begins at a young age, is associated with serious health and social problems.  Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has tripled since 1990, raising serious public health concerns. 
At the same time, we share public concerns about ensuring limited Federal enforcement resources are dedicated to pursuing our highest enforcement priorities, such as preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors, preventing the sale of marijuana by criminal enterprises and gangs, preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, and preventing drugged driving and other adverse public health consequences.   
We will also closely monitor implementation of marijuana legalization in individual States and prevent the diversion of marijuana to States that have not legalized its use, sale, or distribution.   
Outside of its highest enforcement priorities, the Federal Government has traditionally relied on State and local agencies to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws. 
Like many people, we are also interested in the potential marijuana components may have in providing relief to individuals diagnosed with certain serious illnesses.  That is why we support ongoing research into evaluating what components of the marijuana plant may be used as medicine.   
To date, though, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition. 
Thank you for making your voice heard.  You can learn more about the President’s approach to drug control at www.WhiteHouse.gov/ONDCP.  
Sincerely, 
The White House
What can I say??? I guess they do not get it over there.... And even if they do, they rely on the wrong information. It has been proven that marijuana is very beneficial for cancer, glaucoma and epilepsy. I've all read in the news recently, that there are still great issues with proper marijuana research, therefore information that government has is most certainly not correct and not reliable.

I will most certainly follow up with FDA and Institute of Medicine. I want to do what I can end this madness. At least with respect to organic drugs.

The next letter is from a Senator Feinstein:

Dianne Feinstein 
United States Senator for California
Dear Mr. Sigalov:
 
Thank you for contacting me to express your views on medical marijuana.  I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.
 
I recognize that marijuana may have medicinal properties that could help individuals dealing with serious medical conditions, such as cancer-related nausea and AIDS-related wasting.  For this reason, I support compassionate use in certain medical situations when prescribed by a physician for a serious illness.  In addition, I have not opposed further research on the potential medical benefits of marijuana. 
 
At the same time, I do not support the general legalization of illicit drugs, including marijuana.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), driving after marijuana use is more prevalent than drunk driving, and marijuana is the most frequently detected illegal substance in impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims.  Studies have also shown that early and persistent marijuana use can lead to a loss of IQ points and lower educational achievement.  Moreover, a June 2012 report (http://tinyurl.com/7uk2yvj) issued when I was Chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control noted that marijuana is much more potent today than in the past, with tested samples showing that average potency more than doubled from 1998 to 2008.
 
Again, thank you for taking the time to write.  Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind moving forward.  If you have any additional comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. staff by calling (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at www.feinstein.senate.gov. 
Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein 
United States Senator
Senator seem to get it. More or less. She obviously has more wiggle room here because she works with state laws.

Regardless, I wish this was already done and over with....

All I want is legalization for medical and religious reasons. I am not advocating for making Marijuana or Poppy available at every gas station. But it should be legal, cheap and easily accessible to those who need it. I am in favor of controlled and regulated legalization. I should be able to get the prescription from any doctor and I should be able to buy with my medical insurance just like any other medicine or I should be able to purchase it for a reasonable amount of money.

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