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Statement From The Cannabis Cultural Association on Cannabis Scheduling Decision


May 31, 2019 ( Newswire) Yesterday, the cannabis community received a piece of great news. A federal appeals court gave medical cannabis patients and reform advocates a small but significant procedural victory, ruling that it would hold open a case challenging the scheduling status of marijuana under federal law.

The court is putting the federal government on notice that it must "promptly" make a decision on marijuana rescheduling so that those who rely on its medical benefits don't unduly suffer.

Two years ago, a group of patients including New York Jet's great, Marvin Washington and advocates, Cannabis Cultural Association, filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department in a U.S. District Court, alleging that the Schedule I status of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) poses serious health risks and unfair economic disadvantages. Here is the original complaint:

The 2-1 ruling from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said the feds' classification of weed in the same category as heroin and LSD made no sense.

"Plaintiffs claim that a shift over time in our understanding of the uses and dangers of marijuana warrants a change in marijuana's classification," Judge Guido Calabresi wrote for the majority. "It is possible that the current law, though rational once, is now heading towards irrationality; it may even conceivably be that it has gotten there already." The judges said they might intervene if the DEA did not act "with adequate dispatch" to a request to review its classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug.

Below is a statement from the Cannabis Cultural Association:

The Cannabis Cultural Association is proud to be a plaintiff in this milestone case. Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision, holding our federal cannabis lawsuit in abeyance but retaining jurisdiction over it while our legal team files a petition to reschedule cannabis, to ensure that the petition is decided with "alacrity." This is the first decision of its kind and will afford the plaintiffs the rapid decision that they and all Americans deserve. The Cannabis Cultural Association looks forward to continuing to lead the legalization movement, and to supporting our lawyers' efforts to compel the DEA to finally render a fair and fast decision.

Nelson Guerrero, Cannabis Cultural Association (plaintiff on original complaint).

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