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o 1972: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
(NORML) petitioned the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
(precurser to the DEA) to reclassify medical rnafij_Jana. The agency
refused to act on the petition. NORML appealed to the U.So Court of
o 1974: The court held that the agency's position had no merit, and that the
petition should be processed.6
o 1975: The DEA dismissed the petition without hearing testimony.
o 1977: The Court of Appeals reversed the ddsrnissal, criticizing the DEA
for not providing scientific and medical evaluation_ as required by law,
which were to be provided the Department of Health, Education and
o 1979: Unreasonable delays resulted in NORML filing motions to compel
against both DEA and HEW. Facing sanctions, HEW produced a
response. DEA then dismissed the petition again with no hearings°
NORML appealed agaJno
* 1980: The Court of Appeals for the third time reprimanded the DEA and
affirmed NORML's fight to a "full and fair" heating.
Q 1981" NORML filed another Motion to Compel° Within three days the
agencies announced the approval of synthetic THC (Mafinol), and
promised a "legislative type hearing" would be forthcoming.
- • 1982: Another Motion to Compel° The Court issued a Mandatory
Progression Order requiring the DEA and HEW to provide them with 90-
day progress notes°
o 1986: Hearing procedures set.
o 1987: Written affidavits, evidence and exhibits filed. Hearings held in
New Orleans and San Francisco.
® 1988: Further evidentiary hearings held in Washington, D.C., and oral
arguments held in June before the DEA's Chief Adrrfinistrafive Law Judge,
6 NafionM Org. for_the_iLe£omLo,fMarij_taa Laws _IiigersolL 497 F.2d 654 (D.C. Cir. 1974).
7 National Org. for the R.c.i_LMatijuaaa Laws v. DFE_o 559 F.2d 735 (D.Co Cir. 1977)
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