Why is the government always the last to know? They really do lead from behind.
There's no sane reason that marijuana (cannabis) has been classified up there with heroin or cocaine as a Schedule 1 drug. Anybody who's done any research on this issue knows that. But the government doesn't seem to get the message. The organization of 'the world is flat' thinkers just seem to be stuck in neutral.
Schedule I substances are those that have all three of the following:
A. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
B. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
C. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Putting marijuana aside, let's look at beer. Beer is legal and marijuana generally isn't... at least not on the federal level.
Using the ABC's of schedule one above, ask yourself about each of the three tenets in terms of beer.
A. Is there hight potential for abuse with beer? Ah, yeah! (Burp)
B. Is there currently any accepted medical treatment that calls for beer? Not unless you call Dr. Bud Weiser. If he's not in his office, check over at Kelsey's Bar or Conchita's Tap Room.
C. Is there a safety for using beer under medical supervision because it's not prescribed. Safety? Yeah, when the keg's empty, Dr. Weiser usually changes the tap, or his chosen brand. That's how he discovered Michelob.
So if you hold a beer to the same restrictions or requirements for marijuana, the cannabis might very well be removed from that schedule 1 classification and beer might be put on it. I'll drink that that!
Face it, cannabis is less harmful than beer, yet beer, we celebrate and marijuana we incarcerate.
So maybe the argument should be to have beer reclassified. "Have a brew, do a year or two."
I'm not really for that. Perhaps if our backwards thinking regulators saw that example, they might, over a glass of suds, suddenly see straight. They might even realize that they've been wrong and federally legalize cannabis. It might just be safer to light up one for the road.
There is room in the marketplace for both. The liquor distributor lobby doesn't want that, or the truth to get out there. But aren't the Republicans always pushing free commercial trade and less restrictions? Here's their chance to put their joint, er, money where their mouth is.
When this happens, and it will, here's what you will be seeing on TV. What a welcomed sight that will be: