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Mon Feb 28 2005
HHS Heat Campaign To Reschedule Medical Marijuana
ASA's Data Quality Challenge to HHS
Marijuana is classified as Schedule 1, which means it has no recognized medical use. ASA is challenging the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to review its data and issue a statement that marijuana has medical value. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") has blocked legal action to make marijuana available to bona fide medical patients under their physicians’ supervision. ASA says that in so doing, HHS repeatedly misstates the scientific evidence and ignores numerous reports and studies demonstrating the medical utility of marijuana and its constituent compounds. HHS disseminates these misstatements in correspondence and government websites. The Department of Health and Human Services has requested two 60-day extensions to respond to the Data Quality Act petition. January update | 12/8 extension granted | October 5th rally to demand rescheduling

ASA has come up with several actions to encourage the Department of Health and Human Services to give a response on the petition that was presented to them on October 5, 2004. ASA is asking for people's help in doing the following: circulating the Citizen's Petition to Reschedule, writing to Michael Leavitt, the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ask him to stop delaying safe access, and by sending testimonial to ASA to to detail how cannabis has helped real people, to give a clear picture of what having safe access to cannabis means in affected people's lives.

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