Marijuana Remains 'Schedule 1' Outlaw Under Federal Court Ruling Today
Despite growing evidence that marijuana is more than just a buzz-drug, a federal appeals court rejected an attempt to reclassify pot as a medically recognized substance.
The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today voted 2-1 to agree with lower courts that "adequate and well-controlled studies" do no exist to support the legitimacy of medical marijuana.
As it stands then, ...
... marijuana will remain a federal outlaw drug with no recognized uses -- worse than cocaine in the federal government's eyes.
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The ruling won't help those states like California that have legalized medical pot, as federal authorities can still site its schedule I status and crackdown.
Joe Elford, chief counsel for plaintiff Americans for Safe Access:
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. 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.'
ASA says it might appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The group states:
ASA has consistently argued that the more than 200 peer-reviewed studies cited in the legal briefs adequately meet this standard [for legal, medical status].
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