Steve Cohen Again Challenges Cannabis Schedule I Injustice


Once again Steve Cohen, US Congressman from Tennessee (TN-09), has shown great leadership in taking on the misguided and cruel drug war. He recently called out Attorney General Eric Holder to end the ludicrous Schedule I legal status for cannabis, just the latest of Cohen’s many courageous challenges to the War on Drugs.

Last summer he called on Michelle Leonhart to resign as DEA administrator because of her hard line on cannabis and her statements undercutting the president.  Cohen recommended that her replacement “ought to be in tune with what the president believes, which is that marijuana is no worse than alcohol. This is going to be looked upon in 10 or 20 years as the dark ages and it is the dark ages – we have someone who needs corrective vision surgery.”

At the same time as Congressman Steve Cohen’s actions, two other democratic legislators, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, and Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado, have submitted bills tackling federal marijuana prohibition. In the Senate, senators Randy Paul, Cory Booker and Kirsten Killibrand have introduced the groundbreaking Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which, among several positive steps, would reschedule cannabis to Schedule II.

Check out Cohen’s challenge to Eric Holder at Your Brain On Bliss

Don Fitch

Interest in cannabis liberation extends back to the 1960s for Don Fitch. Most of his career has been in high tech and preventive health care, endeavors he continues with Well-Being Skills, focused now on ebook publishing. Don has always followed and contributed to efforts for ending marijuana prohibition. An Oregonian whose vision is endangered by glaucoma, Don has benefited from his state’s 1998 medical cannabis law, and his eyesight is fully preserved. Don has been writing about cannabis and well-being since 2008 in his blog, This site explores the bountiful health benefits stemming from the discovery of the endocannabinoid system and increasingly legal medical cannabis. The impact of these discoveries, and the use of marijuana in prevention and treatment, may be as important to health care as were the microelectronic discoveries Don wrote about in the early ’80s were to our on-going technological revolution. His major goal, still frustrated after decades, is to see cannabis down-scheduled from Schedule I at the federal level. For fun, Don flies paragliders and travels.