- White House rejects pleas to legalize marijuana
Recently the White House made available a portal on their website where citizens could create petitions that would then be signed by other concerned citizens. Part of the policy was that any petition that gained 5,000 signatures within 30 days was guaranteed a response from the White House. Well, required narcotics officer, Neill Franklin started a petition with the goal of changing our government’s stance on marijuana legalization. Franklin’s petition ended up getting 17,000 signatures, coupled with the handful of other related petitions lead to a grand total of 150,000 signatures. As promised a response was received by anyone who signed, written by Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy. Gil’s response was nothing more than canned, filled with references to poorly performed experiments and statistics that contradicted the findings of more truthful research. In fact, the loosely written response’s descriptions of drugs and ill side-effects could easily be applied to alcohol and tobacco. New petitions are being drafted, calling out Gil and demanding that he respond with non-canned answer that references reliable research and statistics, not junk science.