9th Circ. Denies DEA Bid To Dismiss Pot Rescheduling Case

By Sam Reisman (August 19, 2020, 5:32 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit has rebuffed the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's attempt to dismiss a medical marijuana researcher's bid to reschedule the drug, rejecting the agency's arguments that the researcher had not exhausted her administrative remedies.

The decision Tuesday will allow Scottsdale Research Institute and its president and principal investigator Dr. Suzanne Sisley to proceed with their appeal. However, the one-page, unsigned order leaves room for the government to revive its arguments about the court's lack of jurisdiction in its briefs.

Matthew Zorn and Shane Pennington of Yetter Coleman LLP, attorneys for SRI and Sisley, said in an email Wednesday that they were pleased the...

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