Marijuana To Remain A Schedule One Narcotic, Court Rules

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To the great dismay of stoners and medical marijuana activists everywhere, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit ruled yesterday that marijuana will remain illegal for doctors to prescribe as medicine. Specifically, the court agreed with lawyers for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who argued that there are no "adequate and well-controlled" studies documenting any medical benefits of pot-smoking.

Joe Elford, the lead lawyer for Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country's leading medical marijuana advocacy organization which has been struggling for years to remove marijuana from the government's list of addictive and otherwise harmful narcotics, blasted the court's findings. "To deny that sufficient evidence is lacking on the medical efficacy of marijuana is to ignore a mountain of well-documented studies that conclude otherwise," Elford said. "The Court has unfortunately agreed with the Obama Administration's unreasonably raised bar on what qualifies as an 'adequate and well-controlled' study, thereby continuing their game of 'Gotcha.'"

The current battle over pot's inclusion on a list of drugs such as peyote, LSD and Ecstasy (although strangely not methamphetamine or heroin) that have no medical value goes back to 2002, when the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, a group that included ASA, filed the original petition to have marijuana rescheduled. It took nine years for the DEA to respond in late 2011, at which point the DEA rejected the petition, something that now looks as the first evidence that Obama intended to crack down on the medical marijuana industry. 

ASA plans to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, but is also calling on both Congress and the President to unilaterally end the war on weed. (Since Colorado and Washington State passed laws legalizing recreational pot smoking on the same day Obama was re-elected, his administration is now weighing how to respond.

"The Obama Administration's legal efforts will keep marijuana out of reach for millions of qualified patients who would benefit from its use," Elford argued. "It's time for President Obama to change his harmful policy with regard to medical marijuana and treat this as a public health issue, something entirely within the capability and authority of the executive office."

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steeltoken420
steeltoken420

Great , the Government HAS a PATENT on medical Marijuana , So that is a fraud ? You can't have it both ways ... Get a patent then Contradict the fact YOU patented it buy ruling it has no medical value  ! Did anybody let the Supreme court know this ? and Since when does a HERB classifie as a Drug ? What's Next Whales are Fish ? Uhh , MAMMAL ,   the Canabis Geno-Class is HERB , By definition NON-Toxic , EVERY heard of a non toxic DRUG ?? Then it would Not Be a Drug .. THUS HERB Geno Family , A FELINE is NOt a dog , JUST because it has a tale and four legs .. Why not put Assult riffle Ammo on Schedule #1 ? after all AMMO iS NOT Arms and is NOT a right to reload your gun , 1st and 2nd say NOTHING about the right to ammo ... Got you pipe , got your lighter ? Got your gun ? Well the " Chamber Filler " is Not legal , Oh Shure you have a right to shoot , bear arms , Smoke Herbs , But Where are the Herbs and Bullets ? OUTLAWED , so Smoke or shoot all you want its your right BUT where is the Chamber filler ?? OUTLAWED , / ! solved the Gun problem , Bullet schedule #1 assult bullets .. #5 hunting ammo ... WHER not ? they violated EVERY right to smoke by out lawing a harmless plant ! and BTW Drugs Must be Toxic to BE A DRUG , marijuan is NON-Toxic .. Can NEVER be in drug catagory , .. and dolphine will NEVER be a fish ..

Alex Moore
Alex Moore

Oh well, everyone just get high and forget your problems.

Bill Williams
Bill Williams

Even if we didn't solve the problem, who would notice?

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

Man, we could fix a lot of budget problems with a marijuana tax.

Carrie Whitley Thomas
Carrie Whitley Thomas

Never tried it, but don't think it should be a Schedule One Narcotic. Should be available for medical purposes.

Rich Delgado
Rich Delgado

And Mexican marijuana growers rejoice ....Sad

MoGrill
MoGrill

We all want to reduce gun violence and murder. The only solution that will have any impact has nothing to do with gun control.  Legalize, control and tax all recreational drugs from top to bottom. Gun violence and murder rates will be cut in half here and in Mexico. We have to get real...anything less than total legalization we are kidding ourselves. 

moonbandito
moonbandito

This classification helps fill the prisons.

Adam Abrams
Adam Abrams

The Feds, congress and the Justice Department will never give up on the Big Lie. The legalization of marijuana will be up to the states and the people.

Tyler Graham
Tyler Graham

Thats crazy working in the Life insurance and investment field I have learned that there is soo much more we should focus on... I hate telling clients they have been declined for marijuana or for having something on their record marijuana related!

rustyneil
rustyneil

I only discovered two years ago that I have an adrenal adenoma, but I have lived for 20 years with this disease. It is a non cancerous adrenal tumor, that causes "Conn's syndrome." No blood pressure medications kept my blood pressure down, but cannabis has. The doctors did not believe me, until I found a study on pubmed that found that endocannabinoids (which marijuana mimics), lower levels of the hormone aldosterone, reducing blood pressure.

A description of this study can be found here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/121438854/Absolute-Proof-of-Marijuana-s-Critical-Medical-Value-in-the-Treatment-of-Conn-s-Syndrome

I put this paper together to let everyone know about how beneficial medical marijuana can be. Without it, my blood pressure quickly rises to 200/130, and no blood pressure medications will bring it down. It literally saves my life everyday, and this study explains why. 

This study proves that the recent ruling that refused to remove Marijuana from Schedule I is bogus.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

One thing for sure, this issue will be a tenet of the next presidential campaign at the least. It will have the same weight as gun control and reproductive rights.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@moonbandito 

@mophisto.waltz @paullucas714 Oh ye of little faith. I think it will be an issue as more states gear up to copy and repeat Colorado and washington state legalization of cannabis. I thin it will be unavoidable to the candidates because quite simply good journalist wont let them avoid the issue. Last election the candidates were forced into addressing it. They did so tacitly but they wont be able to do that next time. I have faith in American Journalists. 

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