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2. Cannabis leaves (minimum control regime of
3. Cannabis seeds capable of germination
(minimum control regime of Schedule V).
4, Synthetic THC (no minimum control regime).
Following receipt of the Secretary's evaluations and
recommendations, the Acting Administrator is directed to
comply with the rulemaking procedures outlined in
Section 201 (a)-(b)o id.
NORML v. DEA, supra, 559 F.2d at 757.
Z. Proceedings In The Wake Of NORML v. DEA
Acting pursuant to the Court's decision, DEA referred the NORNL
petition to HEW on June 22, 1977, by letter from DEA Administrator
Peter 8. Bensinger to Secretary of HEW Joseph Ao Califano, Jr. on that
Shortly thereafter, on July 12, 1977, counseJ for NORML, Peter H.
Neyers, wrote a letter to HEW Secretary CaJifano requesting information
about the status of the proceeding, and emphasizing the importance of
complying with the Court's mandate.
In response to this letter, a letter was written to counsel for NO
by Dr. Julius B. Richmond, Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon
General of the United States, dated November 7, 1977. _n this letter,
the Assistant Secretary states that he would receive recommendations on
the NORML petition from the Controlled Substances Advisory Committee
and other organizations by January, 1978. The letter continued:
I plan to publish these recommendations in the
Federal Register for public comment before
developing the Department's final views on this
issue. Let me assure you that we wiJJ investigate
aJJ known scientific and medica_ evidence
concerning this substance before making our views
known to the Drug Enforcement Administrationo
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