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Merrick Garland on Drugs

 

 


Let DEA decide whether marijuana has any medical benefits

In 2012, Garland and two other judges on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit presided over a case brought by Americans for Safe Access against the Drug Enforcement Administration. Americans for Safe Access argued that the DEA should no longer classify marijuana as a schedule 1 drug along with drugs such as heroin that don't have "accepted" medical benefits.

The court rejected the appeal, siding with the DEA. Garland signed onto the court's opinion, which quoted a part of the DEA's defense, showing Garland's willingness to defer to government health experts. "To establish accepted medical use, the effectiveness of a drug must be established in well-controlled, well-designed, well-conducted & well-documented scientific studies with a large number of patients," the DEA said in the quoted passage. "To date, such studies have not been performed."

During the hearing, Garland said he felt the justices had to "defer" to the judgment of scientists on whether marijuana should be reclassified.

Source: Mashable.com on 2016 SCOTUS confirmation hearings , Mar 16, 2016

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