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DEA sued [by scientists] over ‘secret’ cannabis law interpretation

Scientists are suing the Drug Enforcement Administration over its alleged use of a “secret law” to delay the expansion of marijuana research.

They want access to an internal Justice Department memo that could reveal how the federal government is relying on an interpretation of international treaties to impede studies … The new revised rule … shifting jurisdiction over the cannabis to a single agency, DEA, which would purchase and technically own all of the cannabis grown by approved cultivators, and would then later sell the product directly to researchers … That OLC document, which is not public, is the basis of… Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint.  Scientists are suing the Drug Enforcement Administration over its alleged use of a “secret law” to delay the expansion of marijuana research. They want access to an internal Justice Department memo that could reveal how the federal government is relying on an interpretation of international treaties to impede studies. The new revised rule; shifting jurisdiction over the cannabis to a single agency, DEA, which would purchase and technically own all of the cannabis grown by approved cultivators, and would then later sell the product directly to researchers. That OLC document, which is not public, is the basis of the … Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint. [They] argue that DEA violated federal statute that prohibits the creation of a “secret law.” The statute says that federal agencies must make records—including final opinions and policy interpretations not published in the Federal Register—public.They want access to an internal Justice Department memo that could reveal how the federal government is relying on an interpretation of international treaties to impede studies … The new revised rule … shifting jurisdiction over the cannabis to a single agency, DEA, which would purchase and technically own all of the cannabis grown by approved cultivators, and would then later sell the product directly to researchers … That OLC document, which is not public, is the basis of… Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint. 

Original Article (Marijuana Moment):
Scientists sue DEA over alleged ‘secret’ document that delayed marijuana research expansion
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