One thing we’ve seen for decades is that the DEA handles any challenges to its authority over marijuana by delaying, sometimes for many years (particularly with scheduling challenges). And they’d get away with it pretty much all the time.
That may be changing.
On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed SRI an initial procedural victory, issuing an order that DEA “file a response to the amended mandamus petition, not to exceed 7,800 words, within 30 days of the date of this order.”
Not 10 years from now. 30 days.
They’ll still use every weapon in their arsenal to slow the process, but it’s going to get harder for them.
Of course, even better would be to remove marijuana from their authority altogether.