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Marijuana Advocates Mount Challenge To Schedule I Designation

Posted on  October 16, 2012 by  News Admin

  U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Will Hear Oral Arguments Tuesday DPA Statement: Feds' Claim of "No Medical Use" Ignores Science For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, October 16, in a case challenging the Drug Enforcement Administration's decision to designate marijuana as a Schedule I substance. Schedule I is the most restrictive category for controlled substances, including those drugs defined as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. This case began more than a decade ago, when the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC) filed a petition to remove marijuana from Schedule I. "Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court," Joe Elford, chief counsel with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), told The Guardian. "This is a rare opportunity for patients to confront politically motivated decision-making with scientific evidence of marijuana's medical efficacy." "At the heart of this issue of the scheduling of marijuana and the federal government's refusal to look at the research that's out there every day is a bigger gap growing between patients and doctors and the federal government," said Steph Sherer, executive director of ASA. The lawsuit was brought by a coalition of organizations and individual patients, including ASA, the Coalition to Reschedule Cannabis, and Patients out of Time. Since California became the first U.S. state to pass and implement...