1972 - NORML PETITIONS DEA TO RESCHEDULE MARIJUANA
In 1972, NORML files an administrative petition with
the DEA. “NORML’s petition called on the federal government to
reclassify marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act as a
Schedule II drug so that physicians could legally prescribe it.
Federal authorities initially refused to accept the petition until
mandated to do so by the US Court of Appeals in 1974, and then
refused to properly process it until again ordered by the Court in
Fourteen years after NORML’s initial petition, in
1986, the DEA finally held public hearings on the issue before an
administrative law judge. Two years later [on Sep. 6, 1998], Judge
Francis Young ruled [in the matter of Marijuana Rescheduling
Petition, Docket No. 86-22] that the therapeutic use of marijuana was
recognized by a respected minority of the medical community, and that
it met the standards of other legal medications.”
The final ruling in the case was made Feb. 18, 1994.