Long-pending lawsuit could open floodgates for medical marijuana research
Raw Story — A key linchpin in America’s drug war establishment could soon be pulled, if medical marijuana advocates are successful before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia this week.
For the first time in more than 20 years, the court will launch headlong into a serious challenge of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Schedule I classification of marijuana: a placement which has held for nearly two generations that, much like heroin, PCP and LSD, marijuana has no known medical value.
The lawsuit getting underway Tuesday in Washington, D.C. has been pending for more than a decade, and advocates were forced to sue the government a second time just to get a hearing. For many, the long-awaited day is more than just a chance to advocate for medical reform in court: it’s a real shot at forever changing the nation’s marijuana laws.