Americans for Safe Access claimed partial victory over the
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration when it announced the federal agency had
removed “factually inaccurate information” and “damaging misinformation”
regarding cannabis from its website.
The DEA removed information from its site that included
“claims that cannabis was a gateway drug, caused irreversible cognitive
decline in adults, and contributed to psychosis and lung cancer,”
according to a news release Monday by ASA, a nonprofit dedicated to
promoting medical cannabis.
The DEA made the change after ASA filed a legal challenge
over the agency’s website last year under the Information Quality Act.
MJBizCon“The DEA’s removal of these popular myths about cannabis from their
website could mean the end of the Washington gridlock” regarding scientific
information about marijuana, Steph Sherer, ASA’s executive director, said in
However, Americans for Safe Access claims the DEA is
continuing to spread misinformation about marijuana, though the group did not
Correcting misinformation is paramount, the ASA argued,
especially given that newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said
he believes cannabis is a gateway drug and can cause long-term psychological
damage to consumers.
“These beliefs are verifiably false,” ASA wrote in a letter
delivered to the DEA on Monday. “Allowing Mr. Sessions to make law enforcement
decisions based on biased, out-of-date information does a tremendous disservice
to ASA’s members and the American people at large.”
Perhaps the removal of propaganda from the DEA web site will help persuade the new administration to let States who have already passed MJ laws not enforce federal MJ prohibition.