After months of public pressure and great media attention, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed more than 20 factually inaccurate information regarding cannabis from its website. The change comes after Americans for Safe Access filed a legal request with the Department of Justice last year demanding that the DEA immediately update and remove factually inaccurate information about cannabis from their website and materials.
The DEA’s removal of these popular myths about cannabis from their website could mean the end of the Washington gridloc. This is a victory for medical cannabis patients across the nation, who rely on cannabis to treat serious illnesses. The federal government now admits that cannabis is not a gateway drug, and doesn’t cause long-term brain damage, or psychosis. While the fight to end stigma around cannabis is far from over, this is a big first step.
By Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access
Despite this success, the fight against the DEA is not over. As of today (February 15), the government is five days beyond the required deadline to respond to the ASA’s legal petition that states the DEA is still spreading false information about marijuana.
We are pleased that in the face of our request the DEA withdrew some of the damaging misinformation from its website. However, the DEA continues to disseminate many damaging facts about the health risks of medical cannabis, and patients across the country face ongoing harm as a result of these alternative facts. “We are hopeful the DEA will also remove the remaining statements rather than continue to mislead the public in the face of the scientifically proven benefits of medical cannabis.
By Vickie Feeman, of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
It’s going to be interested to see how the DEA will deal with Cannabis in the future as the pressure from the public and the media will not be reduced. We will certainly keep you updated.