Article by Emily Gray Brosious, Extract
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) declared partial victory on Monday, Feb. 13, reporting the United States Drug Enforcement Administration had removed “factually inaccurate” information about marijuana from its website after months of legal pressure from the marijuana advocacy group.
A DEA publication titled “The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse” is no longer available on the agency’s live website. ASA says the 44-page publication was taken offline in response to a legal petition the group filed with the Justice Department on Dec. 5, 2016.
ASA’s legal petition claims the DEA’s website contained at least 25 false statements about cannabis and violated the Information Quality Act prohibiting administrative agencies from disseminating false information to the public.
“The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse” publication contained 23 of the 25 factual inaccuracies listed in ASA’s petition, including assertions that marijuana is a gateway drug, that it causes irreversible cognitive decline in adults and that it contributes to psychosis and lung cancer.
Steph Sherer, executive director of ASA, described the publication’s takedown in a news release as “a big first step” and “a victory for medical cannabis patients.”