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American Hypocrisy: Lethal Injection Drugs Are Considered Safer Than Marijuana

As though politics weren't already ridiculous enough in Trump's America, the death penalty just exposed the hypocrisy of the country's marijuana laws are. Last month, Nevada announced plans to begin executing prisoners with opioids, which are far deadlier than marijuana, and yet the federal government still considers cannabis more dangerous.

The lethal injection that Nevada plans to use in November will include the opioids fentanyl and diazepam (a.k.a. Valium). Two drugs that are considered safer than cannabis even though a state plans to use them to kill a person. And even though Nevada will be the first state to administer the death penalty with opioids, it won't be not the first time either drug has taken someone's life.

In 2015 alone, benzodiazepines like diazepam claimed the lives of 8,791 Americans. That same year, fentanyl killed 9,580 Americans. Meanwhile, nobody has ever died of a marijuana overdose - not in 2015 or ever. Even the DEA admits that. Nevertheless, marijuana remains lumped in with heroin as one of the most tightly controlled drugs in the country. Which is kind of like forcing Red (Morgan Freeman) from 'The Shawshank Redemption' to share a cell with Hannibal Lecter.

Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that the federal government defines it as a dangerous substance that has no medical value. In contrast, fentanyl and diazepam are listed as Schedule II and IV respectively, meaning they are considered safer than cannabis.

But when was the last time a state tried to execute a prisoner with joints? Maybe Nevada - which legalized recreational cannabis use last November - should try that just to prove once and for all that America's drug laws are rife with 'reefer madness' hypocrisy.


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