Americans for Safe Access explained in a Feb. 21, 2007 press release announcing the lawsuit:
"The patients advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed a lawsuit today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California demanding that the federal government cease issuing misinformation on medical cannabis and correct the information it has released. [...]
The suit charges a violation of the little-known Data Quality Act (DQA). The DQA requires federal agencies such as Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rely on sound science. It also allows citizens to challenge government information believed to be inaccurate or based on faulty, unreliable data. The ASA case specifically challenges the government position that 'marijuana has no accepted medical value.'
'The science to support medical cannabis is overwhelming, yet the government continues to play politics with the lives of patients desperately in need of pain relief,' said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. 'Americans for Safe Access is filing this lawsuit on medical cannabis to demand that the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] stop holding science hostage to politics.'