A month and a half ago, several cannabis advocacy groups sued the federal government in an attempt to end the 9-year delay in the federal government’s decision on a petition to reschedule marijuana. Today they succeeded in forcing the government’s hand as the D.E.A. had to deny the rescheduling petition, opening the door for advocates to appeal the decision in federal court.
No one really expected any other decision from the federal government, but now the government’s delays have come to an end.
“We have foiled the government’s strategy of delay, and we can now go head-to-head on the merits, that marijuana really does have therapeutic value,” said Joe Elford, the chief counsel for Americans for Safe Access and the lead counsel on the recently filed lawsuit.
It seems some of the momentum lost in last fall’s elections is returning to the cannabis law reform movement. But as we saw last year, momentum is only useful if you build upon it. Activists nationwide must keep the pressure on federal government officials, who have declared themselves Public Enemy #1 in the eyes of marijuana users and advocates.
Officials can – and will – be replaced.