Patient Advocates File Appeal Brief In Federal Case To Reclassify Medical Marijuana with the DEA
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
Washington, DC --(ENEWSPF)--January 26, 2012. The country's leading medical marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), filed an appeal brief today in the D.C. Circuit to compel the federal government to reclassify marijuana for medical use. In July 2011, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denied a petition filed in 2002 by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC), which was denied only after the coalition sued the government for unreasonable delay. The ASA brief filed today is an appeal of the CRC rescheduling denial.
"By ignoring the wealth of scientific evidence that clearly shows the therapeutic value of marijuana, the Obama Administration is playing politics at the expense of sick and dying Americans," said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who filed the appeal today. "For the first time in more than 15 years we will be able to present evidence in court to challenge the government's flawed position on medical marijuana." Although two other rescheduling petitions have been filed since the establishment of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, the merits of medical efficacy was reviewed only once by the courts in 1994.
The ASA appeal brief asserts that the federal government acted arbitrarily and capriciously in its efforts to deny marijuana to millions of patients throughout the United States. ASA argues in the brief that the DEA has no "license to apply different criteria to marijuana than to other drugs, ignore critical scientific data, misrepresent social science research, or rely upon unsubstantiated assumptions, as the DEA has done in this case." ASA is urging the court to "require the DEA to analyze the scientific data evenhandedly," and order "a hearing and findings based on the scientific record."
Patient advocates argue that by failing to reclassify marijuana, the federal government has stifled meaningful research into a wide array of therapeutic uses, such as pain relief, appetite stimulation, nausea suppression, and spasticity control among many other benefits. In 1988, the government ignored the ruling of its own Administrative Law Judge Francis Young who said that, "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."
Armie Hammer Busted For Marijuana
Category: Celebrities | Posted on Thu, January, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
The Social Network star Armie Hammer has narrowly avoided a drugs charge after border control officers found a small amount of marijuana in his car. Officers in West Texas carried out checks on the vehicle, with the aide of a sniffer dog, who uncovered 0.02 ounces of marijuana as well as "three medicinal marijuana cookies and one brownie," according to Cbs News. The seizure of the controlled substance was made in Sierra Blanca, just a few miles from the Mexican border.
Luckily for Hammer, though, the haul was below the amount that the district attorney requires to press a felony charge. It is still possible that the country attorney could pursue a lesser charge, as the report will be passed back to the local sheriff. However, Hammer's lawyer Kent Schaffer has told reporters that no charges have been presented to the actor with regards to his detainment. His marijuana-related debacle pales in comparison to Snoop Dogg's arrest for a similar offence earlier this month, for which he was fined just over $500
A Ballot Push to Legalize Marijuana, With Alcohol as the Role Model
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, January, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
I firmly believe that the majority of Americans are ready to legalize marijuana. The American people understand the medicinal benefits of a plant that does so much good and we are all tired of seeing people thrown into jail for this nonsense.
Proponents of marijuana have argued for years that the drug is safer than alcohol, both to individuals and society. But a ballot proposal to legalize possession of marijuana in small amounts in Colorado, likely to be on the November ballot, is putting the two intoxicants back into the same sentence, urging voters to “regulate marijuana like alcohol,” as the ballot proposition’s title puts it.
Given alcohol’s long and checkered history — the tens of thousands of deaths each year; the social ravages of alcoholism — backers of the pro-marijuana measure concede there is a risk of looking as if they have cozied up too much, or are comparable, to old demon rum.
“Why add another vice, right?” said Mason Tvert, a co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which has led the ballot drive. “But we’re not adding a vice — we’re providing an alternative.”
The goal of legalization, Mr. Tvert added, is not to make access to marijuana easier, but rather, “to make our communities safer by regulating this substance, taking it out of the underground market, controlling it and better keeping it away from young people.”
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