Lawyers representing a group of scientists and military veterans filed a comprehensive brief in federal court this week, outlining their case challenging decisions about the classification of marijuana made by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The plaintiffs initially filed their lawsuit against the federal agency in May, contending that DEA’s justification for maintaining a Schedule I status for cannabis is unconstitutional. DEA attempted to quash the case by filing a motion to dismiss. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected that request in August. On Tuesday, the attorneys filed the petitioners’ brief to officially set the case in motion. The document goes over background information on marijuana’s scheduling and makes the legal argument that DEA’s justification for maintaining its strict prohibition on cannabis is unconstitutional.

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 10/02/2020 09:25:45am

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