Vets and Scientists Challenge DEA’s Absurd Classification of Cannabis
Anyone who knows anything about cannabis law in the U.S. understands the details of the DEA’s absurd classification. The fact that plant medicine is a schedule one is ridiculous and actually borderline criminal. Schedule 1 drugs are defined as having no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. A drug that does belong there is heroin, but one that doesn’t belong there is cannabis. According to a report from Marijuana Moment, this classification is up against a challenge once again. This time, it’s in the form of a lawsuit by scientists and military veterans. The petitioners are challenging the DEA’s denials to reschedule cannabis – which seems to now be just about a yearly occurrence. The Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) heads up this particular challenge.
DEA’s Absurd Classification Hurts Veterans
We report here about how the VA refuses to give military vets access to medical cannabis. The reason for this is largely, if not entirely, due to the fact that cannabis is still a schedule 1 drug. If the DEA reclassifies cannabis medicine, this almost certainly changes. Mental health is a topic that doesn’t get enough discussion, period. There are signs there that point to the fact that weed can help with anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Regardless of where you stand politically, veterans who serve deserve to be able to medicate with cannabis medicine.
DEA’s Scheduling Standards are Arbitrary
Specific details of the lawsuit from military veterans and scientists say that the DEA’s scheduling and classification standards are arbitrary. Additionally, the lawsuit says that strict control of cannabis federally is unconstitutional. The petitioners cite both anecdotal and peer-reviewed studies of the effectiveness of cannabis medicine for treating a myriad of ailments and conditions.
DEA’s Absurd Classification – Not the First Time It Faces a Challenge
Many organizations have questioned the DEA’s scheduling laws over the years. In 2016, the DEA denied rescheduling efforts from two petitions. In September of this year, the agency requested 3.2 million grams of legally-grown cannabis for testing in 2020. Maybe they’re smoking it themselves? What more evidence do they need?
In April of this year, following yet another dismissal, Sean Hannity reports that a lawsuit would be appealed to the Supreme Court. Yes, that Sean Hannity. The main reasons they constantly give is that they think cannabis has a high potential for abuse, and can’t be properly regulated or tested. Will it be different this time? You decide!
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