Advocates Say DEA Website Has False Info on Pot

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An advocacy group supporting legal access to medical marijuana has petitioned the U.S. Justice Department to require drug enforcers to correct allegedly false and misleading information about cannabis use on its website, reports the National Law Journal. Americans for Safe Access cites 25 alleged violations by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of the Information Quality Act. The law requires federal agencies to draft guidelines that ensure the “quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information” that they distribute and to provide a mechanism to correct any misinformation. “We have taken this action to stop the DEA’s relentless campaign of misinformation about the health risks of medical cannabis in its tracks,” said the group’s attorney, Vickie Feeman.

The group says DEA continues “to disseminate certain statements about the health risks of medical cannabis use that have been incontrovertibly refuted by the DEA itself.” The petition pointed to statements the agency made in its refusal to schedule marijuana to a lower classification of controlled substances. The petition contends “the DEA’s recent statements confirm scientific facts about medical cannabis that have long been accepted by a majority of the scientific community.” Among the alleged DEA misstatements that the petition challenges: “Evidence of the damage to mental health caused by cannabis use—from loss of concentration to paranoia, aggressiveness and outright psychosis—is mounting and cannot be ignored.”

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