Note: After this post, the Board of Pharmacy decided to start deleting their posts on the Facebook page that are “older than 30 days old.” Interesting.
Luckily, here’s the Executive Director’s statements to WeedPress.
Tuesday morning, Executive Director Cody Wiberg posted this response to WeedPress on the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Facebook Page.
Note that the Executive Director highlights the Raich case, but conveniently ignores two other legal arguments I pointed out: the CSA’s exact language, as well as Gonzalez v. Oregon, when stating the Board’s incorrect position:
The Board’s position is that it is the Legislature, not a very small state agency, that should be making the decision in regards to the scheduling of marijuana and other drugs in Schedule I.
I think the Board of Pharmacy needs to review the law and table their support of this bill. After I pointed out on WeedPress that Representative Joe Mullery’s support of this bill is likely to lose him votes in future elections, he tabled his bill. While doing this, he said “I didn’t hear any opposition except from some marijuana activist.”
Maybe that’s me he’s referring to. Maybe not. I was told my article got sent around to the Committee members of HF1520. Either way, it appears Representative Mullery has discovered what petitioner Kurt Hanna pointed out in an email to Committee members today on HF1359 (the new bill with the tabled HF1520′s language shuffled in): This bill is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
This bill will not make it through any court room. What a joke. It’s sad that the politics of marijuana scare our public servants into knee-jerk reactions, such as attempting to change the law to remove a long-established scientific duty and responsibility. Politics should NOT trump science. Whatever happened to professional integrity, and sense of duty? Why would a board of experts not want to review an issue that falls under their umbrella of expertise? This makes no sense.
Politics, eh. All I know is, if the Iowa Board of Pharmacy received the Fred T. Mahaffey award from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the political ramifications can’t be all that bad. Looks like the NABP supported the Iowa Board’s “decision to recommend that the Iowa state legislature reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance.”
I responded to Mr. Wiberg by email privately, as well as in the comments of the Board of Pharmacy’s Facebook note. You can read my comments, along with other concerned citizens, here.