DC Circ. Sides With DEA On Marijuana Classification

Law360, Los Angeles (January 22, 2013, 7:53 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Drug Enforcement Administration's decision to maintain marijuana as a Schedule I drug, saying medical marijuana advocacy groups failed to provide Food and Drug Administration-approved clinical trials that show acceptable medical uses for the drug.

Medical marijuana advocates, including Americans for Safe Access, the Coalition to Reschedule Cannabis, Patients out of Time and several individuals, had challenged the DEA's July 2011 denial of a petition that would reschedule marijuana as a schedule III, IV, or V drug because its Schedule I status restricts the production, sale and use of marijuana by federal law.

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