US Attorney General Finally Admits Weed Isn't A Gateway Drug... But Prescription Pills Are

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a U.S. federal research institute focused on[advancing] science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction … to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. ” Though it admits “the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances,” it still describes marijuana as a gateway drug.

But U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently told a group of Kentucky high school students the role of marijuana in the national drug abuse debate has been overstated.

While discussing how heroin abuse and how individuals often develop an addiction, Lynch argued:

[I]ndividuals [start out] with a prescription drug problem, and then because they need more and more, they turn to heroin. It isn’t so much that marijuana is the step right before using prescription drugs or opioids —  it is true that if you tend to experiment with a lot of things in life, you may be inclined to experiment with drugs, as well. But it’s not like we’re seeing that marijuana as a specific gateway.”

Attorney General Lynch added that instead of trafficking rings, what “introduce[s] a person to opioids … [is] the household medicine cabinet.”


The event she attended was part of the Prescription Opioid Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, a campaign designed by the White House that includes “250 different events highlighting the importance of prevention, enforcement, and treatment.” As expected, the campaign focused on advertising the official approach to drug abuse, encouraging the public to support the Obama administration’s approach to the opioid crisis.

Measures embraced by the administration includeexpanding evidence-based prevention and treatment programs, increasing access to the overdose-reversal medicine naloxone, and supporting targeted enforcement activities.” But nowhere in the official campaign page is there a list of practical solutions to the opioid crisis, an admission of guilt, or a concession stating that, despite marijuana’s official federal classification, cannabis is not seen as the root of the problem by the very head of the United States Department of Justice.

In early August, the Obama administration said no to a bid urging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reconsider how marijuana is classified under federal drug control laws. Currently, the DEA lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, along with heroin, the pivot drug of the opioid epidemic. But as the Attorney General’s comments demonstrate, the federal government fails to take its own classification methodology seriously, choosing instead to contend that prescription drug abuse is a much bigger issue. Per its federal classification, marijuana should be seen as a threat as dangerous as heroin, and yet Lynch appears to contend the abuse of legal drugs is keeping federal agents busy — not the enforcement of her agency’s own rules.

What Lynch is failing to discuss on the federal government’s anti-opioid abuse campaign trail is the racist, opportunistic roots of the failed and decades-long drug war in America. But as American states begin to shift their approach to some of the targets of this nationwide anti-drug campaign, legalized marijuana is able to accomplish what many drug war apologists claimed criminalization would achieve: bringing down the drug cartels.

But as the Washington Post report demonstrates, legalizing pot is not enough.

While powerful drug cartels have seen legalized marijuana taking a chunk out of their profits, the criminalization of other drugs such as heroin continues to put addicts in harm’s way.

With drug cartels seeing an increase in demand due to the pressure mounting from the growth of the relationship between the government and the pharmaceutical industry, dangerous alternatives to heroin, such as fentanyl, are sold on the street as regular heroin.

Without legal means to produce the drugs the market demands, these cartels are not concerned with the quality of their product nor the health of their consumer. When looking at the destruction stemming from the illegal drug trafficking industry, we are able to trace it back to the criminalization of drug commerce and useand yet government officials prefer to live in the dark ages, upping their involvement with the war on yet another drug epidemic entirely manufactured by crony kingpins.

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J S Bach's picture

We must all heed the words of this grande dame.  She has character, wisdom and high moral integrity.

BTW - I'm running a little low on those Matrix red pills.  Anyone know where I can get more?


drendebe10's picture

The second most despicable progressive liberal democrap cunt on the face if the earth.

Disc Jockey's picture

I dunno. Elizabeth Warren gives her a run for the money. She's the next big thing haven't you heard!?


JRobby's picture

Big Pharma Pays Off Everyone They Have To So:

Weed stays illegal

Kratom and other homeopathic remedies get outlawed, defamed by propaganda,  never studied thoroughly. 

If you are a customer of Big Pharma, you may want to re-think your life.

Vatican_cameo's picture


Liberalism attracts these Bitches like Shit draws Flies.  And like Flies, there appears to be no shortage of them.

knukles's picture

Sq ft price of "previously established greenhouses" in CA just skyrocketed with that announcement.
So Barry's decided that his only Legacy will be Legalizing Marijuana, huh?


BigPharma is the Single Largest Financier Fighting the Legalization of Pot as BigPharma Makes Way Too Much Money off Opiates

vollderlerby's picture

The boy king may end up with three legacies

Drag queens can use the same bathroom as little 6 year old girls

Legalization of Marijuana to drive forward the war on cash (!)

Donald J Trump

Manthong's picture

WTF ???

The only conclusion to draw from this is that the government has been lying to us all along because with all of the science that has been at their disposal, nobody could possibly be that misinformed or stupid for over 80 years now.

Keep in mind that the danger of marijuana and “Reefer Madness” only became a government meme after prohibition was repealed and the DOJ lost their booze boogeyman.

Hey, about focusing on the real problem… US government initiated Afghanistan Opium and the Fentanyl.


knukles's picture

Now there's a real treat in the Pharmacopeia.  Fentanyl

Gotta be fucking crazy, trying desperately for the Darwin Award to use that shit.

Manthong's picture

Two milligrams.. like about two grains of salt can kill your ass.

But a lot of victims do not even know it was laced into the stuff they buy from their friendly neighborhood street drug dealer.



elmo jones's picture

Weed was criminalized because Hearst had interests in chemical paper mills NOT hemp

Four chan's picture

lynch is a bag of shit, now on to actual issues..


fantastic new judicial watch video on hillary's criminality. share and retweet please.

Manthong's picture

Hmm… I hadn’t thought of legalizing MJ as a catalyst for eliminating the use of cash.

If that is part of their game plan then they are even more devious than I thought.

“Ok sir, two grams of premium Sativa…. Will that be credit or debit?”

vollderlerby's picture

Not sure why else the legalization of Marijuana would have been allowed to see the light of day.  I think we'll know if this conjecture has any legs if they start softening their stance on prostitution.  I think drugs and hookers are the last two bastions of the cash economy.

Manthong's picture

“Ok sir, that was one round the world in 60 minutes… $400.00… Will that be credit or debit?”

Gee, what will the $20.00 crack whore do then?"

Mr. Universe's picture

Legalization on the Federal level is really just another way of saying we will control and tax every time you take a hit offa that bong Bunkie. Growing your own for personal use, if they can manage that one without licenses and taxes it might be worth it.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Consider this irony: in California, the legitimized Marijuana Cooperatives with storefonts etc. remain ALL CASH businesses.  It isn't by choice -- the banks have given them the cold-shoulder. 

vollderlerby's picture

Right, banks are regulated by federal law, they can't give the  Marijuana Cooperatives

gatorengineer's picture

Really where is weed illegal?  There are only 9 states where it is illegal, and those are mostly fly over country.

exomike's picture


I would be most appreciative if in the future you would defer from demeaning Dr. Warren by flippant comparisons to hard boiled political types. That you hide behind the anonymity of a screen name indicates the machinations of a coward who respects neither intelligence, accomplishment, nor credentials. 

In a more civilized time in our history I would have ridden my bay mare up from Atlanta to your door step, and barring an immediate apology, stung your cheeks roundly with a pair of white gloves, and demanded satisfaction on the Field of Honor…, only to find at dawn that you had skulked out of town under cover of darkness. Thus proving yourself the Coward that you surely are and avoiding your deserved fate.



medium giraffe's picture

I concur.  How can one possibly mock Dr Shitting Bull?

vollderlerby's picture

I respectfully disagree.  She only gets bronze.  Debbie Wassercunt Schultzkikapov gets 2nd place.

847328_3527's picture

I know several vets who suffer greatly from various injuries sustained from Bush's Iraq war. They have lost a body part or broken backs or whatever and unfortunately rely to some extent on pain meds. Shame on DC for sending these kids to war and then blocking their ability to get medical care and/or pain meds or Mary Jane at home to sooth that war-related pain.


I won't get into the disgraceful condition of the VA hospitals that neither Bush nor Obama [nor Congress] has done anything to correct.

elmo jones's picture

Convert a few rooms in every VA hospital to a ganja garden. Benefits will astronomically beat costs.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"I respectfully disagree.  She only gets bronze."~

Nope, I disagree. Anyone, (but a woman especially), who rapes Justicia, (the lady with the scales and the blindfold), will always get first place. Wasserman-Schultz is a horse-faced shill, that's all. She might quialify for thrist.

Donald J. Trump's picture

How did she come up with this scientific opinion anyway?

Miner's picture

This comment comes on the same week where they listed/banned Kratom, a plant that helps you get off opiates.



Yen Cross's picture

 Loretta Lynch is a gateway cronie.

 I hope Trump hangs all those libtard socialist felons. The level of corruption and lack of leadership in this country is appalling!

847328_3527's picture

Well, at least she and Hillary are for Obama's open border policy of allowing all those "lawyers, doctors and engineers" into America:


‘They Keep Finding Bodies’: Gang Violence in Long Island Town Fuels Immigration Debate


Four dead teenagers. Two weeks. One town. And a ruthless gang, the authorities say, was most likely responsible for the toll. Again.

On Sept. 13, Nisa Mickens, 15, and her best friend, Kayla Cuevas, 16, were murdered, their battered bodies found near an elementary school here. A week later and just two miles away, the skeletal remains of two more teenagers — identified as Oscar Acosta, 19, and Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15 — were found in the woods near a psychiatric hospital. Oscar had been missing since May, Miguel since February. Their deaths have been ruled homicides.



NoDebt's picture

"Loretta Lynch is a gateway cronie."

Fantastic.  Consider that phrase borrowed without attribution.

Cruel Aid's picture

yes they love the head choppers so much, why not bring back the guillotines for their asses. washington full of traitors now more than evah!

Ignatius's picture

I'm getting fucking tired of hearing "oops," when mendacity is a better founded explanation.

Joebloinvestor's picture

The US grows and distributes marijuana.

Has been doing so for over 40 years.

BabaLooey's picture

Typical government horse shit - all that money and expense - for 8 people.

No surprise - the government also possesses the largest cache of child porn on the planet as well.

They use it to catch people wanting it - basically, manufacturing "crime".

Then of course, there's Pedo Joe Biden - who obviously has it piped into his lair....

Mena Arkansas's picture

So basically everything we told you over the last 50+ years about weed has been a goddamn lie.

Been great for our budgets, though!

larz's picture

How many trillions spent on the war on drugs and now it's big pharma killing us!!!?????   WTF these government creatures are worthless  no they are a net debit  are there enough lampposts and rope?

sleigher's picture

There are about 47000 miles of freeway in the US, many of those miles have lamp posts.  I can't think of a better lamp post to use just because the sheer number of travellers each day on the freeways of America.

max2205's picture

Legalize it in all 60 states

Ignatius's picture

He meant to say "57," keeping in line with the knowledge base of the Bone-Head in Chief.

Cluster_Frak's picture

bitch has to deflect the heat from her taking orders from Bill Clinton. She will say anything to stear the debate elsewhere.

Yen Cross's picture

  I smoke weed maybe 5-6 times a year. I've never tried heroin or cocaine.

  I take ZERO pills, and run five miles every fucking day.

 Postulate that you "war on drugs" assholes.

Arnold's picture

Exercise junkies are beyond profitable rehabilitation.

Alright, I'm done.

paint it red call it hell's picture

Where they are actually going with LEGALIZATION is regulated production and taxed distribution not DECRIMINALIZATION with government regulating agencies butting out.

Keep in mind big pharma is in process of gaining patents on MaryJ to likely gain monopoly control on development as another profit stream..  And then there is always potential for GMO of MaryJ for enhanced properties  such as fluoride delivery to further pacify customers (no longer called users).