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DEA Says It Will Ignore Marijuana Legalization

Posted on  November 07, 2012 by  News Admin

 What do our servants in the federal government do when the voters have spoken? They promptly announce their intention to ignore the voters. At least, that's what happens when it comes to the marijuana laws. The citizens of Colorado and Washington may have thought the decision was theirs on whether to legalize cannabis -- that they'd have the final say in the matter. But a spokesperson for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has other ideas. "The Drug Enforcement Administration's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged," an agency spokesperson blithely told Reason this morning, Mike Riggs reports. "In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I  controlled substance," the federal spokesperson said. "The Department of Justice is reviewing the ballot initiatives and we have no additional comment at this time. Last month, Deputy Attorney General James Cole hinted at what the Obama Administration's response might be to state voters legalizing marijuana. "Each case is going to rise and fall on its own unique facts," Cole told 60 Minutes. "Any of that is still in violation of the Controlled Substances Act of the federal law. "We're not interested in bothering people who are sick and are using it in the recommendation of a doctor," Cole said. "We are concerned with people who are using it as a pretext to become large-scale drug dealers." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opposed Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in his state. "The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,"...

Landmark Federal Medical Marijuana Hearing Begins In D.C.

Posted on  October 16, 2012 by  News Admin

  Advocates challenge marijuana's classification, present scientific evidence for first time in nearly 20 years For the first time in nearly 20 years, advocates will use scientific evidence of marijuana's medical efficacy to try to force a change in the federal government's classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical value. Medical marijuana advocates will participate in oral arguments Tuesday before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the landmark case Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. Advocates contend that the government has arbitrarily and capriciously kept marijuana classified as a Schedule I substance and out of reach for millions of Americans by ignoring overwhelming research on the therapeutic value of marijuana "Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court," said Joe Elford, who will be arguing the case before the court Tuesday as chief counsel with Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group. "This is a rare opportunity for patients to confront politically motivated decision-making with scientific evidence of marijuana's medical efficacy." "What's at stake in this case is nothing less than our country's scientific integrity and the imminent needs of millions of patients," Elford said. Tuesday's oral arguments are the culmination of efforts started 10 years ago by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC). In 2002, the CRC filed a rescheduling petition that the federal government refused to answer until last year when advocates sued the Obama Administration for unreasonable delay. After the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denied...

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...