Interim DEA Director Calls Medical Marijuana a ‘Joke’

Nov 05, 2015 , , , ,

On Wednesday, interim director Chuck Rosenberg of the Drug Enforcement Agency made some troubling statements regarding medical marijuana.

CBS News reports:

Dir. Chuck Rosenberg

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg said in a briefing to reporters. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.”

“There are pieces of marijuana — extracts or constituents or component parts — that have great promise” medicinally, he said. “But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana — which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana — it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.”

Doctors in nearly half the states and mountains of research definitively show that whole-plant marijuana is effective at treating a variety of conditions. While it is heartening that the director admits some components of marijuana may have medical value and that it is worth having a discussion about making marijuana legal for adults, these statements show a serious lack of knowledge about the substance, especially for the head of a drug control organization.

Rosenberg took over the agency in April after previous director Michele Leonhart resigned in disgrace following criticism for a number of scandals under her watch and embarrassing statements, including refusing to admit that heroin is more dangerous than marijuana in front of a Congressional panel.

14 responses to “Interim DEA Director Calls Medical Marijuana a ‘Joke’”

  1. “…show a serious lack of knowledge”?? I call it willful ignorance! This man has NO business being in the position he is.

  2. Sir; you are the joke. Citing personal judgement on a medical situation you obviously know nothing about.

    The people of this country are not in the habit of keeping laws on the books which have been proven to be not only falsely directed, but also based in inherent race & classism.

    The United States is speaking; loudly on this one. State-by-State you are seeing your biased opinion replaced by educated fact.

    Get with the program, & support the will of the people, or we will replace you with someone who will.

    Sincerely Jim McMaster
    – Paramedic – Anchorage, Alaska

  3. Perhaps a flood of personal testimonials and daily miracles of treatments on children and all the endocannabinoid studies proving it is necessary to human health & development, or the fact the NFL has recognized the brain trauma studies proving it’s ability to heal concussions. Whether he is just stupid or evil he has to go

  4. This jackass must be getting illegal payments from pharmacies !!!
    He does not know what he is talking about. He doesn’t want to lose the money he makes off lying about marijuana. It is not dangerous, he is !!!
    There is no safer medication, they will lose billions of dollars, prescription drugs are killing people, not marijuana.

  5. evidently mister rosenberg you dont know your a from a hole in the ground im 61 years old and have been on thousands of different prescription drugs and none of them have done anything for me except make me sicker or at least make me feel worst where as pot has given me releif you need to check the facts out before you make a statement like that so get off your high horse and get the facts before you publish garbage like this ty sincerely barnard

  6. What everyone’s forgetting is that the government doesn’t even have a right to ban this plant in the first place.

    It’s not a matter of “do I support” or “do I not support.”

    It’s not a matter of “good policy” or “bad policy.”

    Cannabis IS legal. ALREADY.

    It has always BEEN legal. It has never NOT been legal.

    The government does not have the right to tell you what you can and cannot ingest. It has no right to ban a PLANT.

    These “laws” that we have against cannabis are NOT LAWS. They are WILLS. A bunch of people got together and decided it was their WILL that you and I should be assaulted, battered, robbed, abducted, and placed in cages because of our use of an herb.

    And these WILLS are in direct contravention of the LAW.

    The LAW is clear that human beings have the fundamental, inalienable right to choose our own behavior, as long as we are not violating the rights of anyone else. This includes the right to make use of herbs and herbal extracts.
    Anyone supporting, or advocating for, the assault, battery, and abduction of innocent people for using herbs, is not just advocating “bad policy”, they are committing CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, and they should be apprehended and adjudicated.
    Any prosecutor, district attorney, judge, juror, cop, congressman, senator, or any other official who supports these crimes is a criminal. Plain and simple. And anyone who says “no” when they’re asked about “legalization” is also a criminal. (Legalization is in quotes because there’s nothing to legalize, cannabis already being legal and having never not been legal, but that’s the language that most people use for discussing the issue.)

    The GOOD NEWS is that anyone who has committed these crimes can be easily forgiven, according to the Great Jubilee. Whatever you did BEFORE your first introduction to the Law of the Earth, you owe no debt for, and all you have to do is acknowledge that you did wrong, and ask for forgiveness, and that’s it. You get a new start. A blank slate.

    But it’s important to be aware that the jubilee only applies to each person ONCE. If, after being introducted to the Law, you CONTINUE to perpetrate crimes against humanity, you will be fully liable and accountable for your crimes, and will owe full restitution to all of your victims.

    Stop the crimes. As a member of the planetary community, you are exptected to live as a MATURE person – which means respecting the rights and dignity of all others.

    To read more about the Law, visit

    Also check out

    Thank you for being sane!

  7. I smoke cannabis everyday as medicine. I can’t afford the medical all the time, but I usually get upper mids to dro. And let me tell ya, my arthritis and other pains cease to exist when I’m high.

    It is medicine. And that’s the bottom line. You must be retarded to think otherwise.

    But if you ever grow a pair of balls and decide to tell the American public the truth and say it is medicine, come on down here and I will smoke you out with some of this loud I got. I smoked a few g’s of it yesterday and let me tell ya, I got so high. Felt so good. Much better than the pills I can get at the pharmacy, as the LEGAL shit can kill ya where weed won’t EVER kill me.

    So you go on and be retarded and say it isn’t medicine. Next thing I know, you’ll be saying it kills people too right?

    All you DEA fucks are stupid.

    The people are waking up.

    I care not what the government says, smoking it is legal in my house.

    How the fuck you gonna say that components of weed are promising but not claim that smoking the same components is a joke?

    You silly bastards!

  8. It is CRIMINAL that Leonhart was SUCH a DISMAL FAILURE to her job, and to America at large.
    Chuck?-I would recommend you DO YOUR Job, buddy.
    Please Research US Patent #6630507″ “Canannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuropritectants” Issued in 2010 to the Dept of Health and Human services, you know. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!~ Additionally, since 1974, the SAME US “Government” discovered that THC and other Cannabinoids KILL CANCER!~
    A lack of information regarding the OVERWHELMING Medical benefits of Cannabis RESEARCH is NOT the PROBLEM.

    The DEA?…Yes, THEY are the problem going so far as to DISRUPT or WITHHOLD RESEARCH and “Confiscate” TONS of money. With each “statement” they make they PROVE just how out of touch with really they are.

    The DEA’s OUTRIGHT LACK OF KNOWLEDGE-and general cluelessness about Cannabis’ safety profile and Medicinal benefits is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, especially in light of HOW MUCH THIS DO-NOTHING “agency” is costing America. It is no secret the DEA is SO consumed with Cannabis-Arrests that almost 75% OF THEIR TIME is spent on it.Accounting for MORE THAN HALF OF ALL ARRESTS in America.
    WITHOUT Cannabis to “worry” about-THEY’D HAVE NO JOBS!~

    Defund the DEA!~ They serve NO purpose other than to disseminate LIES and Half-Truths INSTEAD of ENFORCING any type of rational discussion about the outright HYPOCRISY of the Government PATENTING an “illegal” plant and the DEA’s “Never-Ending-Quest” to get it wrong at the cost of REAL PEOPLE.
    The time for the DEA. has past.

  9. Where can I find the contact information for this man? His comments are beyond disgusting. As a parent of a child with epilepsy who worked with Matt Simon of MPP to get epilepsy included with NH’s medical cannabis law (HB 476), it is clear this man is unfit for his job. I have watched my child nearly die from his seizures – multiple times – and until one has to live through his, HE HAS NO ROOM TO JUDGE.

    People like Dr. Morse at DMHC-Hanover, NH are doing clinical trials using CBD oil in some pediatric patients and are finding a 30% success rate. For epilepsy – this is HUGE!! My question is – WHAT big pharma company is keeping Chuck Rosenberg ignorant? Has he been around someone with crohn’s disease, cancer, epilepsy, parkinson’s who are finding cannabis a useful medicine? Someone needs to educate this man stat.

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