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U.S. Surgeon General Admits That Pot Has Benefits

Appearing on CBS This Morning, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said this: “We have to use that data to drive policy making,” he said, adding later, “I’m very interested to see where that takes us.”

Murthy is the first U.S. Surgeon General to admit this.

He joins the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the California Medical Association who also agree.

Though his statement could signify that the tides are turning, the Department of Health & Human Services followed it up with a lukewarm statement: “Marijuana policy — and all public health policies — should be driven by science,” the statement read. “I believe that marijuana should be subjected to the same, rigorous clinical trials and scientific scrutiny that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) applies to all new medications. The Federal Government has and continues to fund research on possible health benefits of marijuana and its components. While clinical trials for certain components of marijuana appear promising for some medical conditions, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the standards for safe and effective medicine for any condition to date.”

While marijuana is still considered a Schedule I narcotic, it will be hard to study.

According to Vice, the only legal supplier of research-grade marijuana in the country is the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). As its name implies, the institute has a congressionally-mandated mission to research abuse and addiction, not the potential therapeutic effects of drugs.

Hopefully, this will be changing as well. According to the Daily Beast, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is considering introducing rescheduling legislation.

“It’s a work in progress,” the aide said, but couldn’t offer any specifics.

Exclusive Interview: Group Focuses on Marijuana To Reduce Feds’ Power

The 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Those powerful words are exactly what drives the organization, the Tenth Amendment Center, in its fight to return federal authority to its rightful, Constitutionally stated, owners. And, they are hoping that the end of marijuana prohibition is the first stepping stone.

“You have four states, after the last election, openly defying Washington, D.C. by fully legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes even though the feds say you can’t do this,” said Michael Boldin, founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center, who recently spoke with BenSwann.com’s Joshua Cook.

Despite the federal government’s positions, the states who are actively trying to legalize marijuana are telling the government that they can have their own position and take their own approach.

“Now we have 2 dozen states taking action on marijuana in one form or another. And it’s expanding year by year to the point where the feds don’t simply have the manpower or the resources to deal with it,” said Boldin.

And budget-wise, it would be impossible for DEA to interfere.

“If the DEA tried to stop the city of Denver’s recreational marijuana market, it would take their DEA’s entire yearly budget to do so,” explained Boldin.

“The fact of the matter is that they’re going to have to simply withdraw,” he added.

According to Boldin, the federal government doesn’t have the Constitutional right to prohibit states from the growing and production of plants.

Boldin said that our Founding Fathers had the foresight to not give the federal government control over things like agriculture.

“But for years, people have allowed the federal government to do what it wants to do,” he said.

“That’s the way government works. They’re always going to find a reason to give themselves more power. And that only stops when the people say, enough is enough.”

“And I think on marijuana, it’s a good example of people saying enough is enough.”

Boldin said that when sweeping decisions are made for a land mass the size of American is when “liberty is lost.”

“The number one step in advancing liberty is to bring the decisions closer to the individual, closer to home, and step one on that is to put it in the hands of the states,” he said.

“The number one goal is the get the federal government out of all of these areas they’re involved in that they shouldn’t be.”

Boldin’s group believes that the federal government is involved in 90 to 95% of things it shouldn’t be.

“They can keep doing the Post Office, and run that into the ground. Virtually everything else, they should be pushed back on,” he said. “It takes active, persistent resistance and disobedience on a state-level to make that happen. And that’s exactly what’s happening with marijuana.”

The group also creates model legislation on a variety of topics, including 2nd Amendment preservation and NSA surveillance.

To listen to Joshua Cook’s full interview with the Tenth Amendment Center’s Michael Boldin, visit here.

Exclusive Interview: Morales Exposes Child Protective Services’ Legal Kidnapping in New Book

The safe place for Alex Hill, a 2-year-old from Cameron, Texas, turned out to be anything but that, when she was killed by her foster mother.

After her father, Joshua Hill, admitted to using marijuana, Alex Hill was placed into foster care in early 2013.

Her father told child welfare investigators that he smoked after the child was in bed at night. Her mother also has a medical condition that causes frequent seizures, so because of that, the toddler was removed from the house, despite appearing healthy and happy with her parents.

Her foster mother, Sherill Small, was sentenced to life in prison for the July 2013 death of the girl.

The girl’s parents, Hill and Mary Sweeny, reported bruises on their child during visitations.

According to Fox 43, four months before Hill was set to regain custody he received a call that Alex was in the hospital.  Small admitted to police that she had slammed the child onto the floor, saying it was an accident.

Alex’s autopsy revealed several bruises all around her body, and a medical examiner stated her head hit the floor so violently that she had “subdural hemorrhaging, subarachnoid hemorrhaging, and retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes,” according to court testimony.

Another disgusting part of this case, the foster parent’s husband, who lived in home while Alex was there, is a recovering crack cocaine addict and had multiple drug charges.

That’s why Carlos Morales’ new book, Legally Kidnapped is so important. It exposes Child Protective Services and helps families avoid nightmares like the case above.

Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook interviews Carlos Morales on this important issue that the main stream news is ignoring. Please listen below: (Warning Graphic Language)