Something amazing has occurred over the last week or so. Recently DEA head Chuck Rosenberg called medical marijuana a joke. That led to Tom Angell and the Marijuana Majority creating a petition at Change.Org calling on President Obama to fire Chuck Rosenberg because of his comments. Due to the unparalleled skill set of Tom Angell, some elbow grease, and help from the marijuana community and even the mainstream media, the effort went viral, resulting in over 100,000 people signing the petition. Even singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge signed and promoted the petition!
It’s going to be a very big deal, and I can’t wait to see mainstream media erupt over it. There are several members of Congress that have publicly came out in support of the termination of Chuck Rosenberg’s employment at the DEA. The pressure continue to builds, and it feels like the firing could come at any moment. I’m hopeful that the delivery of the petition’s today, and the media buzz that ensues, will be enough to push this effort over the top. If that proves to be the case, then Tom Angell deserves an enormous amount of credit. In mathematical form, that would look like (as seen on my Facebook and Twitter accounts):
Tom Angell > Chuck Rosenberg
Below is a press release about the delivery of the petitions today, via the Marijuana Majority:
Several people who rely on marijuana to treat the symptoms of serious illnesses will deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) headquarters today calling for Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg to be fired or step down after he called medical cannabis a “joke.”
The petition — http://change.org/nojoke — has already generated more than double the amount of signatures garnered by an earlier petition that helped lead to the ouster of the previous DEA head, who also opposed medical marijuana.
WHO: Medical marijuana patients & family members upset that the head of the DEA called their medicine a “joke.”
WHAT: Delivery of 100,000+ petition signatures calling for the head of the DEA to be fired or step down
WHEN: Today, Friday, November 20 at 11:00 AM ET
WHERE: DEA Visitors Center, 700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202; Press conference will likely be staged on the sidewalk on the east side of S. Hayes Street between Army Navy Drive and 12th Street S.
Among the patients and family members delivering the petition to DEA today are:
* Sebastian Cotte, whose son Jagger uses marijuana extracts to find relief from mitochondrial disease
* TJ Thompson, a Navy veteran who uses medical cannabis to mange the symptoms of PTSD
* Lisa Norris Leyden, whose son Jackson is Washington, D.C.’s first legal pediatric medical cannabis patient
The petition was started by Marijuana Majority, an organization dedicated to ensuring that politicians, government officials and the media treat marijuana as a serious issue that is important to a growing majority of Americans.
Building on momentum from the petition, a bipartisan group of members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama on Thursday urging him to fire Rosenberg:
Twenty-three U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Guam have comprehensive medical marijuana programs. Seventeen additional states have laws allowing for limited use of certain marijuana extracts, primarily by children suffering from severe seizure disorders. Americans for Safe Access, which is supporting the petition, reports that there are more than two million Americans who use medical cannabis in accordance with these state laws.