Court Could Hear Appeal to Marijuana Classification 10/16/12
October 16, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court in Washington is considering whether marijuana should be reclassified from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use.
The Drug Enforcement Administration rejected a petition last year, by medical marijuana advocates to change the classification. It currently keeps marijuana in the same category as drugs such as heroin. The DEA concluded that there wasn't a consensus opinion among experts on using marijuana for medical purposes.
A medical marijuana group, Americans for Safe Access, want the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to force the agency to hold a hearing and conduct findings based on the scientific record.