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Marijuana Monthly, Issue #003
June 03, 2011

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9 Years To Re-classify Cannabis As Having Medical Use

Petition to classify cannabis as having medical use pending for nine years.

After nearly a decade of waiting for action by the federal government on a formal petition to re-classify cannabis as having medical use, the coalition of patients and advocacy groups that filed it have gone to court for an answer.

The Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC), ASA, Patients Out of Time, and individually named patients filed papers in the federal DC Circuit Court to compel the Obama Administration to answer the 2002 petition to reclassify medical cannabis.

"The federal government's strategy has been delay, delay, delay," said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who is the lead attorney for the action. "It is far past time for the government to answer our rescheduling petition. Since they are being unreasonable, we’re asking the court for resolution."

In 2006 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) passed on its recommendation to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the final arbiter in the rescheduling process, but the DEA has refused to respond. The writ of mandamus filed last month argues that the five-year delay violates the Administrative Procedures Act.

On average, it takes six months from HHS review to final action. The five-year delay on the CRC petition is more than twice as long as any other rescheduling petition reviewed since 2002.

"The Obama Administration's refusal to act on this petition is an irresponsible stalling tactic," said Jon Gettman, who filed the rescheduling petition on behalf of the CRC.

A formal rejection of the petition would enable the coalition to challenge in court the government's claim that marijuana has no medical value.

“We have more than just the hundreds of scientific studies demonstrating how effective and safe a medicine cannabis is,” said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer, who is a named plaintiff in the case. “The government’s own reviews come to the same conclusion, and their National Cancer Institute describes it as a Complementary Alternative Medicine.”

Currently, cannabis is classified under federal law as a Schedule I substance with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

The two largest physician groups in the country -- the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians -- have each called on the federal government to review that classification.

THC, the chemical in cannabis that produces psychoactive effects, is a Schedule III drug marketed in synthetic form as Marinol®. Pharmaceutical companies vying to create less-expensive generic versions are petitioning the government to be allowed to extract natural THC from the plant.

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