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Medical marijuana activists take DEA to court

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In the past few decades, the legalization of medical marijuana has become a huge source of contention across the nation and Minnesotans have seen a lot of evidence to support either side of the issue. Most advocates for looser marijuana laws go after law makers and politicians stating that they are the ones who can ensure that the people's voice is being heard; but now, advocates have taken it one step further and gone after the DEA itself.

In what started as pro-marijuana groups and a disabled veteran requesting that the DEA put marijuana on a lower tier of federal restrictions quickly evolved into a lawsuit against the DEA in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

The disabled veteran argued that his medical condition improved greatly after using marijuana for medicinal purposes. In their case against the DEA, they argued that by turning down their request, the DEA was "ignoring a growing body of scientific evidence" that proves that marijuana has medical benefits.

But despite their evidence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delivered 2-1 vote in favor of the DEA, stating that they were not completely moved to believe that the agency had failed to take into consideration the scientific evidence's existence, nor did the court believe that the DEA was ignoring the possibility of the drugs medicinal benefits.

Had the U.S. Court of Appeals decided differently, there is a likely possibility that it could have made a huge impact on the medical marijuana movement currently happening here in the United States. Only time will tell now if this recent case will give fuel to the existing fire.

Source: NBC News, "Marijuana restrictions: Appeals court backs DEA, rejects pot advocates argument," Pete Williams, Jan. 22, 2013

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