Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trump: Pot Supporter Proposed For FDA Chief

More good news from the Trump Administration with Jim O'neil being considered to head the Food and Drug Administration:

"O’Neil is not only a strong supporter of legalizing marijuana, he has actively worked towards it as a Board of Directors member for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, which helped legalized cannabis in California."

The FDA sorely needs someone like this. As far as Trump's nominations so far, I'm not sure if this will nullify his poor choice of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, but it shouldn't make things worse. 

I can't help but wonder where Trump got Oneil's name from?


At 1:58 PM, Blogger Rick Wentworth said...

do you really want the feds to get involved with pot ????
all the new FDA regs and licenses involved in growing and selling and FDA requirements of inspection . treat it like any other drug and it get expensive real fast and that drive it back underground .
all i say is keep it away from me , im allergic .

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

As the article points out, the FDA is one of the main agencies that determines marijuana's status. They now say it has no possible medical value, thus research and everything else, is made much harder. If FDA became more friendly toward pot, other agencies might well have to follow suit. It could be seen as reform from the top down, instead of states doing the legalization thing and hoping the feds go along.

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Feds should have no say in the matter. It should be up to the states to decide. If California says yea and Arizona says no you would be advised not to go to Arizona with pot.


At 7:32 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"I think the Feds should have no say in the matter."

Maybe so, but the bottom line is they have the last word in the matter, and aren't predisposed to give up that authority. That's why I think it's a good thing that a sympathetic figure is being looked at for a position of power that involves decisions on this.

Of course, it remains to be seen how this fellow acts in office, and we can't really sure just how much pull he'll have.

At 9:50 PM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...


States won't be fair in adhering to the same rules over something no less basic than breathing air. Again, it is like a train having to stop and go after dealing with varying border issues at state lines be wise California says only this, while Nevada says this is allowed, but not that....It's the same as letting states dictate rules on electing president.....Nothing good for the Union comes of it.

What needs to occur is full decriminalization.

At 9:54 PM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

Additionally, drivers licenses should be national; and, all state motor vehicle laws and road striping/markings/signage should all be alike.

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

I'll agree it would be nice to legalize such things as pot on the federal level, but we need to be careful with applying a one size fits all approach to everything. It would seem to me having everything controlled by the federal government would be akin to dragging everyone down to the same level.

Local control can certainly work both ways. How would we feel if a state made it illegal for non- whites to be out after dark? Most of us would like to think the federal government and its courts would rule that illegal and a violation of individual civil rights. But what if it was the other way around- the federal rules being more repressive and no higher authority to intervene?

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump has the fda running backwards lol, gotta love it. Even the anti smoke groups are muttering defeat finally. The TFK, (tobacco free kids) asshats are now pushing the fda FOR vapor alternatives! They, of course, included a phoney all important caveat, but I'm sure the warriors will reproach that quickly. (Fyi: they've been shoving junk studies & conclusions about smoking & about safer alternatives to smoking both. For TAXes, not for health.They can't exist without TAX funds)

At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump wants to constitutionally, yet gradually, phaze out the unconstitutional abc agencies. By declaring pot legal, states won't have to nullify feds on it, but instead work together to bring their own states up to par constitutionally.
Calif will not comply. They rely on Taxes. They will be worse than the feds, as far as state government funded studies with TAXABLE conclusions go. Heads up.


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