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Medical Marijuana Suit Reaches Federal Court: 1st Time In 20 Years

Posted on  October 08, 2012 by  News Admin

  Audiotape of October 4 teleconference briefing with researchers, legal counsel and lawsuit plaintiff now available For the first time in nearly 20 years, a United States Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the federal government's classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medicinal value: Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. This historic case will force a federal court to finally review the scientific evidence regarding the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana. During a press briefing on Thursday, plaintiffs in the case, along with leading medical researchers and clinicians, spoke about the necessity of the federal government recognizing current scientific data supporting marijuana rescheduling. Marijuana, incredibly, is currently classified in the same category as heroin despite calls from scientists, medical professionals, and policy makers to reschedule marijuana for medical use. Under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Schedule I drugs, by definition, supposedly "have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision." Cannabis patients and advocates point to literally hundreds scientific studies which indicate marijuana has a broad range of medical applications, with more promising results coming in on almost a monthly basis. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear opening arguments on the case the morning of October 16. "Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court," said...