Dear reader, I hope you now have some sense of the legal reasoning that hides within the statement, unchallenged by anyone in the press, that the federal government does not recognize any medical use of cannabis.
As I said earlier, moving cannabis out of Schedule I may make an incremental difference in US drug policy but more likely it is necessary to move cannabis out of the Schedules entirely and treat is as a product perhaps regulated by the FDA but not the DEA.
I leave you with some final thoughts for consideration: why is there a DEA? Why do police officers have final jurisdiction over psychoactive substances other than alcohol and tobacco? Why is it not sufficient to create a psychoactive substances bureau inside some other regulatory body, such as perhaps the FDA, that will note the potential or actual risks of psychoactive substances, issue warnings and propose standardized labeling and means of distribution, and seize adulterated products – but no more, leaving primary regulatory authority to the states? Police regulation is usually required for firearms, explosives, and other potential weapons, but drugs and other psychoactive substances are not weapons.
Prohibition at the federal level began when regulatory authority over opiates was given to police. I have attempted to deconstruct in this writing the legal reasoning which the police use to justify their ultimate power over drug control forever, no matter what the consequence. Their obsession with this power to state whether a psychoactive is a medicine or a poison is madness, and they will retain this power until you decide to end the rule of madmen.