The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is “failing the American public” by refusing to reschedule marijuana.
That seemed to be the surprising argument made by a Republican congressman who otherwise opposes cannabis legalization during remarks at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Thursday.
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) used his time at the hearing to ask witnesses about drugged driving and what technology currently exists to detect active impairment from substances like marijuana. Witnesses replied that existing technology can detect the presence of cannabis in one’s system but, so far, devices can’t measure active impairment like it can for alcohol.
The congressman said there was a need for a “universal solution” to the problem and said, “In full disclosure, I am absolutely, adamantly opposed to the recreational use of marijuana.”
“Currently, I’m the only pharmacist serving in Congress, and I will tell you, I consider [cannabis] to be nothing more than a