Last updated on: 9/24/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Oct. 16, 2012 – Federal Court Hears Case to Change Schedule I Status of Marijuana

“The US Court of Appeals is reviewing the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2011 rejection of a 2002 petition seeking to reclassify marijuana’s status in the Controlled Substances Act. Cannabis is currently a Schedule I narcotic – a classification reserved for substances with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse…

Pot advocacy group Americans for Safe Access opened the hearing in Washington, DC Monday [Oct. 16, 2012] by arguing that the DEA demonstrated a ‘bias’ against pot by downplaying its medicinal efficacy while embellishing its alleged danger…

To varying degrees, the three-justice panel questioned whether they had the authority to overturn the DEA’s rejection of the rescheduling petition…

The significance of this review is heightened by the U.S. Court of Appeals being among the most influential courts in the nation, with the power to set legal precedent in many cases.”