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Appeals court backs DEA, rejects pot advocates argument

Marijuana restrictions:

Anthony Bolante / Reuters file

A marijuana starter plant is shown at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle on Nov. 20.

By Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent, NBC News

Advocates of looser federal restrictions on marijuana suffered a significant legal setback Tuesday, as a panel of three judges found that the federal government acted properly in refusing to loosen restrictions on pot.

Pro-marijuana groups and a disabled veteran who said it improves his medical condition asked the Drug Enforcement Administration to put marijuana on a lower tier of federal restrictions.  They said the agency was ignoring a growing body of scientific evidence that it has some medical benefits. When the DEA refused, they sued. Continue reading

Is marijuana close to being legalized?

MONDAY, OCT 15, 2012 12:47 PM EDT

Federal courts are reconsidering the science behind medical marijuana, which may be legal use’s biggest barrier

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Is marijuana close to being legalized?(Credit: Reuters/Cliff DesPeaux)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

AlterNetOnce again, medical-marijuana advocates are taking to the courts to eliminate the biggest barrier to legal use—the federal law that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no valid medical use.

On Oct. 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the federal appeals court that usually handles cases involving government regulations, will hear oral arguments onAmericans for Safe Access v. DEA. It will be the first time in almost 20 years that federal courts have considered the science of medical marijuana, says ASA spokesperson Kris Hermes.

Specifically, ASA, a California-based patient-advocacy group, is trying to get the Drug Enforcement Administration to move marijuana out of Schedule I, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970s category for drugs with “a high potential for abuse,” “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States,” and no “accepted level of safety for use under medical supervision.” Heroin, LSD, and PCP are also in Schedule I. Cocaine, methamphetamine and OxyContin are in Schedule II, legal for medical use but strongly restricted. Continue reading

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