AAMC Joins Battle to Reschedule Cannabis
October 7, 2002
Subject: American Alliance for Medical Cannabis Joins National Coalition
Challenging the Wrongful Scheduling of Cannabis
Contact: Jay R. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.
The American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) is a nonprofit
organization of patients, caregivers, health professionals, and family
members that support the responsible use of medical cannabis as
adjunctive therapy under a physicians supervision. AAMC is now
operational in eleven States including California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah,
New Mexico, Georgia, Florida, Rhode Island, Kentucky, West Virginia, and
AAMC joins the National Coalition for Rescheduling in advancing a legal
challenge to the inappropriate and illegal scheduling of cannabis as a
drug with "no medical value" according to the DEA despite findings to
the contrary by the DEA's own law judge, the findings of numerous
government sponsored studies, and the real life experiences of many
thousands of patients.
Currently nine States provide for medical cannabis programs to the sick,
dying, and disabled. Many thousands of patients utilize medical cannabis
and we have documented in our petition that cannabis is both safe and
AAMC joins Patients Out of Time, NORML, Americans for Safe Access,
pioneer Jon Gettman, and numerous other groups and interested
individuals seeking to bring science and reason to the Federal decision
making process as mandated by Federal Law (www.drugscience.org).
A full text of the petition can be found here.
The formal petition is being filed today by our legal counsel.
Dozens of AAMC patients have taken the extraordinary step of coming
forward with their life stories and experience to support the
rescheduling of cannabis. We believe that medicine should be strictly a
matter between physician and patient and not a political football. Our
experience as delineated in the petition documents the opiate sparring
effect of cannabis, increased productivity for the disabled, and a
general lack of side effects or adverse reactions.
DEA Accepts Rescheduling Petition April 15, 2003
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