President Obama’s Top Official (In Charge of Drug Control Policy) Conflates Hemp with Marijuana

Gil KerlikowskeOnce again, Gil Kerlikowske makes it a point to fulfill his job description as head propagandist of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Reports Stephen C. Webster on the RAW Story:

In a recent response to a White House petition, President Barack Obama’s drug czar warned of danger in the domestic production of industrial hemp, drawing a stunned reaction from the petition’s author, who told Raw Story on Wednesday that it was “like getting hit in the head with a hammer.”

The claim by former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, his second response to a marijuana-related White House petition, is not surprising as it reflects current U.S. policy toward marijuana. It is, however, simply not true that THC in hemp poses any sort of potential for abuse, as it is impossible to become “high” from ingesting the plant.

“America’s farmers deserve our Nation’s help and support to ensure rural America’s prosperity and vitality,” he wrote. “Federal law prohibits human consumption, distribution, and possession of Schedule I controlled substances. Hemp and marijuana are part of the same species of cannabis plant. While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, can contain THC, a Schedule I controlled substance. The Administration will continue looking for innovative ways to support farmers across the country while balancing the need to protect public health and safety.”

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  • Alex

    Face, meet palm.

  • zombieslapper

    Still think Obama’s a progressive? Tired of mainstream liberal radio cheerleading for this guy.

  • Johnnyutah

    Can you imagine how awesome life would be if people like this didn’t exist? Who is it that he thinks he is protecting?  The children? Has there ever been a single reported case of a child or anyone else ingesting industrial hemp and having any issue besides a powerful bowel movement due to the high fiber content?

  • socialismworks

    Ignorance is only bliss if you’re the ignorant one.

  • A8F4T32

    Obama and the White House are the enemy of the people. Republicans are no better either, excluding RP of course.. 

    • Jin The Ninja

       rp is a republican. no more no less.

      • A8F4T32

        And haters gonna hate.

        • Jin The Ninja

          ‘great’ comeback. yes, i am a hater for pointing out the obvious.

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

       they’re all bad except (fill in the blank)
      good cop/bad cop
      it’s the oldest con game in the book

  • Fossil_diver

    I government is controlled in a large part by the petrochemical industry. As long as hemp is a threat to petrochem and other industries it will remain illegal in this country. What is so hypocritical of our government is the fact that they allow the importation of industrial. hemp but won’t allow it to be grown here.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    We should ban all plants from domestic production in order to prevent the potential abuse from trace amounts of DMT.

  • AH

    He’s protecting his criminal interests because he’s a criminal himself. He could care less about the well-being of children or the public. His job is to lie to us and make sure the revenue streams coming from illegal drug trading and dangerous pharmaceuticals does not run into any competition. Marijuana and Hemp are illegal because they are good for the country, not because they are bad. Doesn’t everyone know by now that our country is run by a majority of criminals and pedophiles. What do you think the TSA is for? It’s designed to make everyone feel comfortable being molested. So in the future these disgusting acts are seen as normal behavior. 

  • Technobob

    The US governments stupidity on hemp is a plus for Canada our hemp production is growing at a very healthy rate

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    I think Amerika’s Drug Kingpin knows the difference between hemp & pot.
    So do the people that pay him.
    What they’re counting on is that the average Joe won’t know & won’t care;
    so that Big Chemical benefits through the elimination of a competitor.

    Funny how these discussions never get around to
    why is a government of the people, for the people and by the people
    in the business of arresting and incarcerating the people for growing and using a plant?
    How is that freedom?

  • Okarin

    what was he smoking?

  • Jumala

    Don’t place loathsome pictures of ugly enemies of the people on front page.

  • Asdfsd

    why can children eat food that contains alcohol? pasta sauce with champagne in it, beer basted chicken or whatever… is it because it cant get them drunk? lets have some continuity damnit

  • guest

    Bitches don’t know how much DMT there is in the world.