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Cannabis Opponents Fundraise for Legal Battle Against DEA’s Rescheduling Decision


In a swift reaction to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) recent decision to reclassify marijuana to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act, opponents of cannabis legalization have mobilized. The advocacy group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) has initiated a fundraising campaign to support potential legal actions aimed at overturning this federal move. The group's strong stance was communicated through an email to its supporters, sent the day following the DEA’s announcement.


In their call to action, SAM highlighted its commitment to resisting the DEA’s decision on every possible front, including pursuing legal action if deemed necessary. The email also featured a link to a newly established "Rescheduling Legal Defense Fund," which invites donors to contribute amounts ranging from $250 to $5,000, with options for both one-time and recurring donations. The group asserts that this fund is essential for bolstering their efforts against what they perceive as a misguided policy shift regarding marijuana’s legal status.


This fundraising effort underscores the continuing controversy and division surrounding cannabis policy in the United States. While many states have moved towards legalization, opposition groups like SAM remain deeply entrenched in their belief that marijuana’s legalization poses significant societal risks. Their preparedness to challenge the DEA’s decision through legal avenues signals ongoing debates and potential legal battles that may influence the future landscape of cannabis regulation in the country.


Will opposition groups like SAM succeed in reversing the DEA's decision to reschedule marijuana?

  • Unlikely, given the growing support for legalization.

  • Possibly, if they can effectively challenge the legal basis.

  • Doubtful, as public and political momentum favors reform.




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