Marijuana supporters petition White House to fire DEA chief

Marijuana supporters petition White House to fire DEA chief

Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg is facing pressure from pot advocates to step down after he called medical marijuana a “joke.”

Nearly 10,000 medical marijuana supporters have signed a petition calling for Rosenberg to be replaced with a more pot-friendly DEA head.

“President Obama should fire Chuck Rosenberg and appoint a new DEA administrator who will respect science, medicine, patients and voters,” reads the petition organized by the Marijuana Majority.

Rosenberg had harsh words about medical marijuana supporters last week during a briefing with reporters.

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg said. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that’s a joke."

Marijuana advocates responded by organizing a petition calling for Rosenberg to be fired.

"Medical marijuana is not a ‘joke' to the millions of seriously ill patients in a growing number of states who use it legally in accordance with doctors’ recommendations,” the petition reads.

"It is not a ‘joke' to the growing number of prominent medical organizations — American Nurses Association, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, for example — who know that cannabis has real and proven medical benefits,” it continued.