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Marijuana to Finally get Day in Court

Rigid fear mongering politics is not exactly a new strategy when our government wants its people to be against a cause.  However their dishonesty and misleading tactics do not usually face a federal trial.  Thankfully, after decades of lies and ten years after Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC) filed their initial petition, medical cannabis will finally have its moment in courts, where political bullying and shouting loudly will be of no use to propaganda professionals.

Several days ago it was announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will be hearing oral arguments in the Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration case.  Americans for Safe Access (ASA) are known across the country for their efforts to bring compassion and relief but this will likely bring even greater focus and awareness to patient issues.  ASA filed the lawsuit in January in response to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denying the CRC petition in July of 2011, almost a decade after it was filed.

The case is sure to excite advocates of cannabis reform as they will now get their chance to use evidence  from many studies to combat the DEA’s assertion that marijuana has no medicinal value at all.  Several weeks ago Dr. Igor Grant released study results in The Open Neurology Journal that challenged the federal government’s handling of marijuana policy.  Dr. Grant stated the United States government is “not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.”  The study and public comments by Dr. Grant seemed to have pushed the argument forward, in a way that activists have previously been unable to do.

ASA will now have their largest audience to make their case.  Even if major news outlets intentionally omit the story, millions will be paying close attention.  For years many analysts cannot understand why it seems the federal government has utilized a different set of criteria when determining marijuana’s medical value.  ASA will make that the focal point of their argument.  In their legal brief ASA said “license to apply different criteria to marijuana than to other drugs, ignore critical scientific data, misrepresent social science research, or rely upon unsubstantiated assumptions, as the DEA has done in this case.  The ASA is also trying to “require the DEA to analyze the scientific data evenhandedly,” and would seek “a hearing and findings based on the scientific record.”

It is unclear what impact the case will have on marijuana policy.  Are federal courts ready to approach marijuana in a sensible way?  Regardless, Americans for Safe Access must be applauded for their efforts and the case should become a national story, where the facts will not be able to hide.

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24 Responses to “Marijuana to Finally get Day in Court”

  1. avatar
    420 Warrior July 31, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    Finally, they cant keep dodging the issues. Marijuana will do great in a court room setting where its about the facts.

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    regulate dont hate July 31, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Yeah warrior i feel ya. They need to get on the train cuz everyone wants pot laws changed. Time to tax and regulate and stop pretending weed will go away

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    FlyingTooLow July 31, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    I was in Federal Prison with Brother Love and several of his followers from the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church in the 1980′s. We had all been convicted of marijuana offenses…separate cases.

    The head of Brother Love’s defense team was former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark. Their defense was based on religious freedom.

    While in prison together, I read hundreds of pages of the transcript from his trial. Many are available on the web today.

    The panel of ‘expert witnesses,’ presented by his defense team, included the foremost authorities in medicine of that era. The overwhelming amount of evidence documenting the medicinal benefits of marijuana was staggering.

    And, that was in the early 1980′s. Now, fully 30 years later, the same lame arguments are still being paraded.

    How pathetic.

    I wish Americans for Safe Access a resounding triumph!

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      y2tweed July 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Wow man, I cant believe what you went through. Same crappy talking points for decades.

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      bluedreaming August 1, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      wow. how crazy how long this information has been witheld, pushed away, and hidden. Its time for the truth to come out. Thank you to ASA and best of luck!

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    FlyingTooLow July 31, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    The ‘drug war’ is a farce. If the same efforts were extended to REAL crimes, our country would see improvement. 48% of the Federal Prison population are drug offenders. And, per the DOJ’s own statistics, the vast majority of them are non-violent.

    Some of the best pot I ever smoked was in Federal Prison….during a 5 year ‘visit.’
    I served that time for a marijuana offense.

    I wrote about it in:
    Shoulda Robbed a Bank

    While watching armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months.

    True tales of the ‘marijuana culture’…Americans in ‘…pursuit of happiness.’
    I hope you check it out.”

    • avatar
      D.Reed July 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      I am very interested in reading your book. We would love to hear from you again, please keep commenting. Perhaps we can even tell your story in the future.

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        FlyingTooLow November 5, 2012 at 4:50 am #

        @D.Reed…

        Sorry so late getting back…somehow I lost your bookmark.

        The title of my book is: Shoulda Robbed a Bank

        My name is Hugh Yonn
        I would be honored by your review.

        A million thanks for your comment.

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      bluedreaming August 1, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      sounds awesome, definitely going to check it out. It makes me sick to hear about rapists, thieves, etc. getting less time that marijuana offenses.

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      SativaSmoker August 1, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      i’d like to know how you get pot in federal prison… or maybe i dont wanna know.. haha.

      i see the ASA at every event and i hope they represent the medical marijuana programs best interests and really stand up for our rights.

      DEA…. get ready.

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        iKillZombeeeez August 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

        that’s a good question! and how is it some of the best pot? if I were locked up that would be one the thing to help keep me sane. screw cigarettes, unless I wanna check out early I guess

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      CookieMonster420 August 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      With all the money being made off of keeping these people imprisoned its no wonder they want to keep harsh marijuana laws. everyone is always going to find ways to use it one way or another sooo as long as its illegal it would provide a constant revenue stream of inmates to capitalize off of, not to mention the fact that people are less likely to commit violent crimes when under the influence of marijuana! They will need something to fill that void or not let it become a void to fill. sounds like an interesting story, would love to check it out.. thanks

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    givusrealeaf July 31, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    wow patients have been waiting a long time for this

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    jd815 July 31, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    I have no idea how the court will rule but the government needs to be ready for this and more. Evidence to support marijuana will only continue to mount

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    Dont Tread On Me July 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Not sure we can trust the courts either but we know we have a better chance than those slime balls in congress.

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    Daytimetoker July 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    This is great news! advocates need somehting to move foward in the wake of the current bs LA ban. And all these news artiles questioning marijuanas medicinaal value is sickening. They cite no eveidence to support and ignoore all that opposes the archaic position. Either way this should put the real facts in front of a closely paying attention nation

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    Sir SmokesAlot July 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    this is huge of ASA! I hope and feel they will actually represent properly the medical mariijuana community where it has been misrepresented for too long now

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    oneHitwonder July 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    does this mean anything for the new LA ban? like putting it on hold or anything until a ruling? I asked a local collective in Beverly hills and they said they would know more in 40 days? is there anything to that or just budtender auto reply?

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      bluedreaming August 1, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      I’ve been wondering about the ban too, im visiting on the east coast and afraid when i return to Cali all the shops in LA will be shut down and I wasnt even able to stock up!!! keep me updated!!!

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    Chief IronLung August 1, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    I wonder if this will be a public trial? be filmed for everyone too see. I like the idea of it all being based around facts but it didn’t seem like the feds had trouble fining “expert” testimonies where the experts are only experts in pushing bs propaganda. Lets not underestimate Uncle Sam and be hopeful we really get an intelligent argument in marijuana patients and activists defense on a large enough scale to see some actual change.

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      HempHammock23 August 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      thats true, im sure they are prepping their misinformation as we speak and lining up so called experts and researchers. too bad any research is considered illegal and all the government sanctioned stuff is suppressed when it finds positives instead of the intended negatives.

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    stonedhands August 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    when is the trial? i hope its public and scrutinized. I betjon stewart and those types cover it mainstream too, hopefully highlighting the absurd arguments against marijuana and how they have no foundation to stand on

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    WhipperSnapper420 August 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    and does this ruling effect the whole united states? or just a small municipality? just getting it reclassified would be a huge victory

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      Midnight Toker August 2, 2012 at 12:09 am #

      reclassification or lifting the ban on studying marijuana openly and being able to receive grants to do so. The only ones who eem to be getting a pass are the elusive gw phama already pushing a spray they have been somehow allowed to develop and put out. Its not legal there either

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