High Court Rejects Appeal To Reclassify Marijuana

By Lance Duroni (October 7, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from several medical marijuana advocacy groups challenging the Drug Enforcement Administration's decision to maintain marijuana as a Schedule I drug, the category reserved for the most dangerous substances.

In a summary order, the high court denied a petition for writ of certiorari from the advocacy groups, led by Americans for Safe Access, which wanted the court to weigh in on whether U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognition of acceptable medical uses for the drug is necessary before the DEA can relax marijuana restrictions.

In January, the D.C. Circuit upheld the...

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