It was cringeworthy to say the least.

Watching DEA head Chuck Rosenberg opine on medicinal cannabis.

Sticking to his guns, Rosenberg said once again that marijuana is not medicine, noting that to him, “medicine” is something that’s been studied by clinicians and physicians and epidemiologists. He added that we know how to dose it, what it’s side effects are, and we know a whole bunch of science about medicine. But when smoking marijuana, none of those things pertain.

I understand that he wants to rely on the medical establishment for guidance, and in all fairness, analysis of medical cannabis should be based on science. I completely support that. But for decades, we have been unable to study cannabis due to prohibition.

Of course, today, things are a bit different. We are finally starting to see research being done at a level that didn’t exist ten years ago. This is definitely progress. But during this testing phase, what do we tell all the sick folks who rely on cannabis today to treat all kinds of illnesses?

What do we tell all those kids with extreme epilepsy who use cannabis to combat their seizures?

What do we tell the thousands of veterans who use cannabis to effectively treat the effects of PTSD?

What do we tell the thousands of cancer patients who use cannabis to help combat the side effects of chemotherapy?

What do we tell the thousands of folks with arthritis who use cannabis to ease the excruciating pain of joint disease?

What do we tell the victims of Parkinson’s Disease who use cannabis to help control their tremors?

What do we tell folks with chronic pain who use cannabis as a treatment in an effort to keep from developing dependencies on opioids?

What do we tell the people who use cannabis to help treat Tourette’s syndrome?

What do we tell all those people suffering from Crohn’s disease who have been symptom-free since using cannabis?

What do we tell women who use cannabis to treat menopausal syndrome?

I’m not saying cannabis is a cure-all, or that it can be successfully used as a treatment for everyone. But for those folks who have found it to be helpful, why should they have to wait around for a bunch of bureaucrats to tell them that it’s safe to use?

As far as I’m concerned, any kind of prohibition on cannabis is a violation of personal sovereignty. Moreover, to deny a sick child or a sick veteran access to an effective treatment for very serious illnesses, is really nothing more than a human rights violation.

Chuck Rosenberg said that the DEA permits people to register with them to study the effects of marijuana, but the fact is, no sick person should have to get permission to treat his or her illness. As long as that treatment isn’t hurting anyone else, this shouldn’t even be up for debate.

You can watch Rosenberg make his very flimsy argument that cannabis is not medicine here: https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandClinic/videos/10154673738473100/