Attorneys representing scientists and veterans in a case against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are again asking a federal court to hear their case challenging marijuana’s federal classification. And a previously undisclosed document cited in their new brief shows that the government has been relying on the same type of arguments for decades to maintain the status quo. In the latest back-and-forth in the case, plaintiffs filed a response to DEA’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, which centers on the agency’s denial of a petition to consider rescheduling cannabis. The scientists argued that DEA is wrong in its primary claim that they lack grounds to pursue the court action, and they pointed out that the agency declined in its most recent brief to meaningfully respond to their merit-based arguments.

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 01/01/2021 12:37:00

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