There are many myths surrounding the use of marijuana, but these myths do not have any scientific proof or basis. In order to make people refrain from smoking marijuana, the US Drug and Enforcement Association (DEA) published some myths regarding marijuana on their official website mentioning them as facts. These myths were published under the document titled ‘The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse’ on their website.
Some of the myths that were mentioned as facts to frighten people away from using and smoking marijuana are that it causes lung cancer, psychosis and permanent cognitive damage. Americans for Sale Access (ASA), a non-profit organization, was the first to find this misinformation on the DEA website and file a legal petition against it.
According to the ASA, DEA has violated Information Quality Act that was passed to ensure that all the information disseminated from the federal agencies is correct and factually accurate.
The ASA filed the petition on 5th December last year and now finally the DEA has complied with the decision of the court and has removed some of the incorrect information mentioned on its official website. This event was celebrated by the ASA members but they said that they had not yet received the official response from the DEA. They also said that they were hopeful that the DEA will also remove other incorrect information and myths about marijuana and cannabis from its website. Their lawyers have already sent the letter to the DEA requesting them to remove all other bogus and incorrect information.
The members of the ‘Americans for Sale Access’ also told the media that they were perplexed when they first found out that incorrect information was there on a federal department’s website. Also, they told the media that another article was also published on DEA’s official website that argued that cannabis is not a gateway drug and that its use does not cause lung cancer, psychosis or permanent cognitive damage.
Even though the federal government admits that cannabis is not that harmful as it was portrayed in the article on DEA’s website but the President’s attorney general Mr. Sessions, Jeff has absolutely made it clear that he opposes the legalization and use of cannabis even if it is not extremely harmful. Many people fear that the Trump administration might declare the use of cannabis as illegal risking the lives of those patients who are suffering from chronic diseases and only have few years or few months to live.