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Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedule I

By source, Jan 23, 2013 | | |
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    The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. ruled today in favor of the DEA's decision to keep marijuana a Schedule I drug--a classification for substances that are highly addictive and have no widely accepted medical benefits.

    "On the merits, the question before the court is not whether marijuana could have some medical benefits," reads the court's ruling in Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. Rather, the court was tasked with deciding whether the DEA was following its own rules in refusing to initiate reschedule proceedings for marijuana.

    According to the appeals court, the DEA was following its own rules (there are five in all) when it claimed that petitioners for rescheduling marijuana had failed to provide "adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy."

    Americans for Safe Access in turn argued "that their petition to reschedule marijuana cites more than two hundred peer-reviewed published studies demonstrating marijuana’s efficacy for various medical uses, and that those studies were largely ignored by the [DEA]."

    "At bottom," the court wrote, "the parties' dispute in this case turns on the agency’s interpretation of its own regulations. Petitioners construe 'adequate and well-controlled studies' to mean peer-reviewed, published studies suggesting marijuana’s medical efficacy. The DEA, in contrast, interprets that factor to require something more scientifically rigorous."

    How much more rigorous? "The DEA interprets 'adequate and well-controlled studies' to mean studies similar to what the Food and Drug Administration requires for a New Drug Application."

    The discussion of medical studies starts on page 21 of the brief. The entire ruling is attached below:

    22nd January 2013.

    http://reason.com/blog/2013/01/22/in-fight-over-marijuans-scheduling-appea

Comments

  1. hookedonhelping
    Re: Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedu

    If you are an American and want to do something about this, then go to the Whitehouse website and search for the petition to: Fire DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart and ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske for good cause.

    (I would attach the direct link but that violates forum rules)

    The only way change is going to take place is if there is overwhelming numbers presented to Obama. Polls have shown more than 85% of Americans believe cannabis has medicinal properties. It's time to step out from the shadows and attach your name to it.
  2. PillMan
    Re: Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedu

    Are you serious? This has got to be a joke...how can they get away with that in court with all the evidence they put up for it?

    There is some major corruption going on by someone up high on the food chain. The good never seem to get there way in court.

    I wonder how long the DEA is going to keep this up. They sure don't want us to have it... Hope enough people can get that person fired tho.

    Good Luck
  3. quickiB
    Re: Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedu

    There's no reasoning with these people. They don't even claim to be logical anymore, just that such and such is in violation of the Controlled Substance Act, and "drugs are baaaaaahd", bunch of idiot bureaucrats who care more about their job security and financial benefit than their country's, taking advantage of Americans and their desire to pharmacologically escape the hell that they have inherited. I wonder who has the moral high ground now?
  4. MikePatton
    Re: Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedu

    So the DEA won the case because they managed not to violate their own ignorant law? That's a hell of a fair trial.
  5. al-k-mist
    Re: Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedu

    its not fair, andthey never will be
    there are still people, right here in america living in this shit, that do not see that the dea and the government and the medical businesses and the fda and monsanto, are all in bed together. they literally do not give a fuck about the people in the country, they care about power
    this is not some stoned, full of pain-medicine rant..well, it is, but still...
    they have this thing called the internet. there are searchable and verifiable proof of these conspiracies. most people know it. the government says "oh, thats the terrorists, or the godless conspirators" and stupid people believe that shit
    i will forever use cannabis to treat my ailments, no matter where when etc, even if they illegalize the stuff and take away our medical rights

    incedently, in oregon,there is no law stating such, but most clinics say "if you use medical marijuana, we wont rx you opiate pain medicine, no matter your condition, because that is for when nothing else works". they have good reason, because if people start using medical weed for everything it helps with, the doctors would have less patients, and the drug companies would have less sales. so it would hurt big businesses and the righ doctors who they love because they pay more taxes and are in their county clubs.
    I swear to you, its more than people thinking cannabis is bad for you. like everything else, its about money and power
  6. Jazz04
    Re: Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedu

    nicely written al k mist. everything you just said is true, and its morally wrong and sad. i cant agree with you more
  7. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Re: Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedu

    Let the DEA claim this small victory, they will lose in the end.

    Let them have their little tantrums.

    This is the way it has to be, if you think about it. There is no way the DEA could accept any of this. They will oppose every small step to legalisation until they are finally forced to concede. This is clearly how the story of legalisation must go. I thank the DEA for playing their part, infuriating people with their vacuous unsubstantiated positions.
  8. al-k-mist
    Re: Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedu

    good point joe
    if they wouldnt do stupid nonsensical things, people wouldnt see their shit and question authority
    but many never will question it...because they are forever sheep.
    that aint something new
  9. prescriptionperil
    Re: Fight Over Marijuana's Scheduling, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Schedu

    Both heroin and marijuana are Schedule One, which is ludcrous. And, because of the powerful alcohol lobby alcohol remains unscheduled. I once had a conversation with a cop, who thought cannabis should be legal and alcohol banned. Dealing with rowdy, unruly drunks must get old. I don't think he was suggesting prohibition, but comparing the impact each drug had on society.

    Medical marijuana is about to be implemented in Ct., but if your in pain management your doctor is
    under jurisdiction of the draconian DEA law on cannabis. After the pill mill fiasco PM doctor's are more paranoid then ever. I'm sick of the DEA over riding state laws regarding cannabis.
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