Americans For Safe Access are Legally Challenging the DEA’s Misinformation About Pot

Article by Maureen Meehan, High Times

If teenagers can sue the federal government over its insufficient action on climate change, why can’t a non-profit petition the U.S. Justice Department to require the DEA to stop issuing false and misleading information about weed?

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), represented pro bono by the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, cites 25 alleged DEA violations against the Information Quality Act (IQA).

The law, AKA the Data Quality Act, requires federal agencies to draft guidelines that ensure the “quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information” they distribute and to provide a mechanism to correct any misinformation.

In other words, stop using fake news to justify the existence of an already discredited agency.

“We have taken this action to stop the DEA’s relentless campaign of misinformation about the health risks of medical cannabis in its tracks,” Vickie Feeman, an attorney on the case, told the National Law Journal. “We’re hoping this is a very straightforward petition. We’re going after specific statements they themselves have said in recent reports are wrong.”

With the petition citing 25 violations under the IQA, it seems the DEA just can’t stop itself.

It continues to disseminate statements about the health risks of medical cannabis that have been refuted by the DEA itself in its own recent report: “Denial of Petition to Initiate Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana.” Go figure.

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