Powerful Court quietly takes marijuana case that could shatter federal prohibition laws

For the first time in two decades federal courts will consider the science behind medical marijuana -- and today there is more evidence than ever
Alternet (US web)
Thursday, October 11, 2012

marijuana-courtOn October 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the federal appeals court that usually handles cases involving government regulations, will hear oral arguments on Americans for Safe Access v. DEA. Specifically, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a California-based patient-advocacy group, is trying to get the Drug Enforcement Administration to move marijuana out of Schedule I, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970s category for drugs with "a high potential for abuse," "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," and no "accepted level of safety for use under medical supervision."