This appeal could have a significant impact on the Drug War and upon those who are incarcerated for Marijuana possession. A huge percentage of law enforcement dollars are spent on the fight against Marijuana and it's abose. If the medical benefits of Cannabis are acknowledged by the Federal government then Cannabanoids would all have to be reclassified as Schedule II or III and the DEA would have more difficulty with justification of many of their enforcement activities including their raids upon legally operating dispensaries.
The classification of marijuana as a drug with no medical value appears increasingly at odds with the opinions of many doctors who attest to the medical benefits of the drug,and of patients,who take advantage of dispensaries in the 17 states where they are now legal. A 1970 House report initially recommended that Congress classify marijuana as Schedule I on the grounds that uncertainty remained about the effects of the drug,and suggested the classification “at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue.”
A number of highly addictive and potent drugs,such as cocaine,opium poppy,morphine and codeine,are listed as Schedule II,designated for those drugs that have a high potential for abuse and dependence,but which have “a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.” And the synthetic version of THC,known as dronabinol,is listed as Schedule III,even though THC is the ingredient in cannabis that causes psychoactive effects.