Medical Marijuana Advocates to Argue DEA in Federal Court

Is marijuana a medicine, or is it a vitality-sucking, life-destroying devil weed? Cannabis advocates and law enforcement don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on this crucial point — but for the first time, a judge will be called in to decide.

A federal court of appeals in Washington, D.C., has  agreed to hear oral arguments in a 10-year-old rescheduling petition filed by Americans for Safe Access, a marijuana advocacy group. ASA wants the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substance — which means the government considers cannabis highly addictive, with no medical value — to a classification that reflects its medicinal application.

The court hearing would be the first time the medical merits of cannabis would be examined in a federal courtroom since 1994 — before 17 states and the District of Columbia approved the medical use of marijuana — and a mere 10 years after the petition was filed.

The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Americans

for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration on Oct. 16, according to ASA chief counsel Joe Elford.

“This is a rare opportunity for patients to confront politically motivated decision-making with scientific evidence of marijuana’s medical efficacy,” Elford said in a statement issued late Monday. “What’s at stake in this case is nothing less than our country’s scientific integrity.”

– Read the entire article at San Francisco Weekly.



  1. gutrod on

    Big business has had it’s way so far. Organized crime has also had it’s way. There is a lot of money at stake. Right now it is gangs that continue to supply the masses.

  2. gutrod on

    Common sense will prevail one day as you can’t stop human desire. Probably not in our lifetime though. People will continue to buy it and smoke it regardless of laws fit for the 19th century.

  3. Anonymous on

    Lobbyists for big pharma, big alcohol, law enforcement, private prison industry, big lumber, and big ag are all providing incentives (read “bribing”) politicians to keep cannabis illegal. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the cartels (organized crime) are also influencing how Congress votes.

    I’d like to see cannabis legalized, for the greater good, but we’d be mistaken if we think that these powerful organizations are just going to roll over and let it happen without putting up a helluva fight.

  4. Anonymous on

    Politicians want to have the upper hand when it comes to marijuana.No amount of scientific evidence will ever satisfy them.They want to show who is the boss (the prohibitionists of course)in this country and show the federal power in full action and they have chosen a plant to show their might.Thousands of people live off prohibition and it is not the cry of a few sick people in america whos gonna change their mind because fundamentally prohibitionists are heartless and inhumane people (f…… robots !)

  5. Anonydude on

    I think this is one of those issues where it’s so easy to have this thought in the back of the head “It’ll never get legal, we’ll try, but it doesn’t seem to be happening”. At least it happens to me. I hope that people remember that us anti-prohibitionists are in the right here, that the government has been doing wrong to society, and the public is becoming more aware- the internet seems to be playing a big role in revealing the truth and unmasking corruption in our government. I think that soon, after enough light becomes shed, either justice will be done, or everybody will know that something is seriously f-ed up on a very high level. If we are enlightened enough to allow for gay marriage as a matter of tolerance, no matter ones personal feelings about it, they aren’t hurting anyone. But the prejudice about marijuana continues in our system. And to the less enlightened among the conservatives: there are numerous statements in the bible stating that all plant/herbs are for us to use. I asked a reverend pal of mine about marijuana in Christianity, and he said he was unaware of anything in the bible against it. Many of us know that this prohibition is all about disinformation, ignorance, corruption and the almighty dollar. How many think Obama and the DEA just don’t know any better- or do they know what they’re doing is wrong but just don’t care- or are just too willing to sell out. In our society we have a lot of people (police, DEA, etc.) who are wearing the disguise of being there to “protect us from this bad stuff”, while they go home and poison their livers with alcohol like many of us are stuck doing for various reasons- which are 99% caused by an immoral and unjust war against humanity. If everybody would be willing to spread some truth here and there it probably wouldn’t hurt the cause.

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