The public has been pressuring the DEA month after month to remove information on their website about cannabis that was factually inaccurate. Now, they’ve finally complied.
It looks like what finally pushed the agency over the edge was a legal request filed by Americans for Safe Access, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring legal access to medical marijuana.
They argued that there were more than 25 statements that were demonstrably false remaining on the DEA’s website, which is a violation of the Information Quality Act. This law requires that any administrative agency is not allowed to give false information to the public, and they must respond to change requests within 60 days.
Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, Steph Sherer, made the statement:
“The DEA’s removal of these popular myths about cannabis could mean the end of the Washington gridlock. This is a victory for medical cannabis patients across the nation, who rely on cannabis to treat serious illnesses. The federal government now admits that cannabis is not a gateway drug, and doesn’t cause long-term brain damage or psychosis.”
They said 23 of the 25 falsehoods on the DEA website were contained in the publication “Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana”. The inaccuracies tied marijuana to addiction to other drugs, permanent cognitive decline in adults, psychosis and lung cancer.
Sherer goes on to day that, while there is much work left to be done to ensure safe access to cannabis for all patients that need it across the country, this is an important first step. The victory is likely yet another symbol of the industry’s transition into the legal market.