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Medical Marijuana Activists Cite Little-Known Law In Suit

Publication Date: 
February 22, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko

Professor Alan Morrison, who represents Americans for Safe Access in a lawsuit brought under the Data Quality Act, is quoted about the marijuana users' lawsuit requiring the government to correct its misstatements regarding the scientific facts about the substance.

"Citizens have a right to expect the government to use the best available information for policy decisions," said Alan Morrison, a Stanford Law School lecturer and an attorney in the lawsuit by Americans for Safe Access.

... Morrison said the department could have complied with the law by explaining its current position and posting links to the medical studies on its Web site to promote public debate. The suit accuses the department of violating the law and seeks court orders requiring the department to stop asserting that marijuana has no medical value and to make "appropriate corrections" to past statements.