“It’s a relic of a bygone era,” attorney Shane Pennington told a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit.
Everyone but the most delusional or misleading Reefer Madness prohibitionist understands that the federal government’s classification of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” is a nonsensical farce. How can cannabis, a substance that the federal government has grown for patients to treat various medical conditions have no accepted medicinal use? How can Marinol, 100% synthetic THC, have an accepted medical use, but cannabis with 20% THC not be recognized for its medical qualities? This obviously makes no sense and a medical researcher and a group of military veterans are asking the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to force Uncle Sam to reconsider the ridiculous Schedule I classification, as Court News Services reports:
“In a case that could make the federal government reconsider how it classifies marijuana, a lawyer urged a Ninth Circuit panel Thursday to make the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reassess its 49-year-old position that cannabis has no accepted medical use.
“(Shane) Pennington represents Dr. Suzanne Sisley, an Arizona-based medical marijuana researcher, and three veterans who claim they suffer ongoing harm from the federal government’s refusal to reclassify cannabis as a drug with medicinal benefits. Their Ninth Circuit petition highlights research Sisley has conducted using marijuana to treat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Despite the fact that medical marijuana is legal in 36 states, the DEA has classified cannabis as a Schedule I drug — the most restrictive category — since 1972. Congress empowered the DEA to decide how drugs should be classified in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. That was around the same time former President Richard Nixon declared a ‘war on drugs.'”
It appears that the 9th Circuit may rule on this case based on a technicality regarding whether these veterans and Dr. Sisley have standing rather than on the actual merits of their arguments, but anytime you can shine a light on the utter absurdity of the War on Drugs, the better. A sincere thanks to these veterans and the good doctor for fighting the good fight.