DEA Marijuana Scheduling Lawsuit Will Be Appealed To Supreme Court Following Dismissal | Marijuana Moment

  • A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over the classification of marijuana last week after the plaintiffs announced they would not pursue an administrative policy change as the court had recommended.
  • After initially requesting a deadline extension for that action which was denied in January the plaintiffs informed the court that they would not be asking DEA to consider rescheduling because they believe they would be denied and because the agency would, at best, reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, which they said would create additional harms.
  • As reflected in prior correspondence to this Court, reclassification of cannabis under Schedule II would actually exacerbate the conditions afflicting our clients; would instantly throw thousands of cannabis businesses out of business; and would disrupt the lives of tens of thousands, if not millions, of Americans who rely upon cannabis daily to sustain their health, wellness, and lives, Michael Hiller, who is representing the plaintiffs, wrote in January.
  • That’s an interesting perspective that could create complications for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee who opposes descheduling but supports moving marijuana to Schedule II .
  • The language of the new standalone proposal is intended to show there is a legislative pathway for including similar cannabis business provisions in future coronavirus relief bills, Blumenauer’s office told Marijuana Moment.

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