Marijuana Scheduling Finally Gets Day in Court

July 31, 2012

Medical Marijuana Patients Get Their Day In Federal Court With The Obama Administration

Late last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed to hear oral arguments in Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical value. Ten years after the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC) filed its petition, the courts will finally review the scientific evidence regarding the therapeutic value of marijuana. The D.C. Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments on October 16th at 9:30am. [...]

The ASA appeal brief asserts that the federal government has acted arbitrarily and capriciously in its efforts to deny marijuana to millions of patients throughout the U.S. ASA argues in its  brief that the DEA has no “license to apply different criteria to marijuana than to other drugs, ignore critical scientific data, misrepresent social science research, or rely upon unsubstantiated assumptions, as the DEA has done in this case.” ASA is urging the court to “require the DEA to analyze the scientific data evenhandedly,” and order “a hearing and findings based on the scientific record.” The panel of judges assigned to hear oral arguments includes Circuit Judges Henderson and Garland, and Senior Circuit Judge Edwards.

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  • Domush

    Finally! Makes me suspicious as to the timing of it. Why now and not years ago?

  • Phil DeBowl

    THIS is what I have been waiting for,it will be interesting to see how the governments liars will be able to defend the indefensible.

  • There is way too much corruption in our Government,No way in hell will the Judge force re-scheduling as he will be trying to protect his job, If he sides with the ASA he will most likely be FIRED and never be able to get a job on the bench again, If he can even get ANY job period!
    I would like to see re-scheduling happen though!! but it dont look good.

  • The consequences of imposed Cannabis scarcity are infinitely more dangerous to individuals, society and the Natural Order of this planet, than any (real or imagined) threat posed by the use or abuse of marijuana. It is a misprision of treason to fail to act in the interest of national security. The DEA has disregarded the true “strategic” value of Cannabis in order to maintain the present prohibitive scheduling of marijuana. The polar shift in values needed to avoid extinction is that Cannabis is essential, not illegal.


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