White House Still Opposes Marijuana Legalization
Although the federal government seems to be coming around to some degree in terms of loosening the restrictions its agencies have against the use of cannabis at times, make no mistake about it, the Obama Administration still remains adamantly opposed to the legalization of marijuana.
A week before a group of cannabis advocates are set to get high on the front lawn of the White House in protest of the president’s unwillingness to reclassify weed in a lesser schedule than heroin, Michael Botticelli appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. During the meeting, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy placed some of the blame for the American opioid epidemic on marijuana.
Standing firmly by the belief that pot is a gateway to more dangerous substances, Botticelli told lawmakers — who met to discuss the heroin and opioid crisis — that the “high level” of minor pot consumption across the nation was destined to contribute to “more significant problems in the United States” like the ones the nation is currently experiencing with regard to the junk epidemic.
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