Orrick Pro Bono Team Backs Americans for Safe Access Challenge to DEA on Medical Cannabis

12.05.16

An Orrick pro bono team is representing Americans for Safe Access in filing a unique petition with the U.S. Department of Justice to force the Drug Enforcement Administration to update and correct information it has been providing on medical marijuana.

In the petition filed today under the Information Quality Act (IQA), the Americans for Safe Access complaint cites 25 violations in DEA information being disseminated on the DEA’s website that contains inaccurate statements that do not meet the informational standards required by the law. The Act requires administrative agencies to devise guidelines allowing affected persons or institutions to obtain correction of information maintained and disseminated by the agency that does not comply with the guidelines.

The Americans for Safe Access petition asserts that the DEA is publishing scientifically inaccurate information about the health effects of medical cannabis, directly influencing the action – and inaction – of Congress.

“We have taken this action to stop the DEA’s relentless campaign of misinformation about the health risks of medical cannabis in its tracks,” said Orrick partner Vickie Feeman, who is heading the pro bono effort. “We are proud to represent Americans for Safe Access pro bono in this matter to protect the rights of patients throughout the country who could be harmed – and have already been harmed – by the DEA’s refusal to not only acknowledge the scientifically proven benefits of medical cannabis, but also its deliberate attempt to inflate and publicly misrepresent the facts about the potential harms of cannabis use.”

In addition to Vickie, the Orrick team includes associates Rick Fukushima and Alex Fields.