After 20 years of delay, the effectiveness of medical marijuana will finally be heard in a federal appeals court. On October 16, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often called the second most important court in the land, will heard oral arguments in Americans for Safe Access v. the DEA. At stake is whether the DEA can continue to classify marijuana as a substance with “no currently accepted medical uses” – in the face of overwhelming evidence of successful treatment.
Currently, marijuana is classified by the DEA as a Schedule 1 drug. Schedule 1 means that there are “no currently accepted medical uses,” that the substance has a “high potential for abuse,” and there is “a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.”
Check out the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) website for more details.