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.

There is ample evidence of the medicinal properties of cannabis, and hopefully the federal courts will be open-minded about this ludicrous stance taken by the DEA.

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.

Joe Klare

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Joe Klare has been writing about marijuana issues for the past 5 years online, in print and on air.

7 Responses

  1. knowa

    The DOJ and the DEA have a cruel and unrepentant history of Lies deceit and defrauding the world for their own selfish motives have they no shame have they no decency.

  2. DANIEL_7322

    No medical value, and yet the federal government owns a patent on cannabis for its medicinal uses. Straight up blatant lie. It’s almost like we’re being taunted, “what are you going to do about it?” “We have all the power”. “Are you going to challenge our swat teams and armed forces if need be?” “We didn’t think so.” Face it folks. Our well being is not their main concern.

  3. David Fiedler

    We should note and take heart from the fact that the DEA announced this on a Friday, traditionally the best day for slipping news out in the hopes that it won’t get noticed while all the big shots in DC hurriedly leave town for the weekend.

  4. Dino

    It is not “Pot”, “Weed” or “Marijuana”! For the majority of people it is gives them “Life” and or able to live in comfort with whatever medical condition they have. I am not your doctor nor are you mine, you and only you know what is best for you along with your doctor. It is for a fact “Medicinal Medicine”! Personally, the definition of a “Caregiver” needs reclassification. All these federal “Funded” programs that are aggressively attacking “Ligite” dispensaries we pay for we have no money. This is insane!! We as taxpayers are footing these programs? Stop! We as Americans are loosing sight, we have no money to care for our own people. Please focus on the possibilities of “Industrial Hemp”. We can self support, provide jobs, live healthier,clear our ozone, replenish hazardous soil there is many uses that can be used by this “Plant”. There is none to very little THC in industrial hemp.

    I don’t understand why this “Plants” is so bad? I do know that people change with this plant. It not all about getting high nor the money. Reality our money is and will be worthless and our government already deals with dirty money double dipping taxpayers. Great for overtime and double yearly salery. Why is the government destroying this plant? Donate to 420 folks focus on health care, Social Security education. WhatI do know, I was deceived by the people who educated me about this “Plant”. I highly recommend this book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” written by Jack Herer. I understand now the who, what and where regarding “Yellow Journalism” and why its labeled as a drug. If you don’t stand up for something, you will fall for anything. Educate. Peace

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