Challenge to DEA Marijuana Scheduling

by John Gettman

I have worked on the marijuana issue nearly full time over the last 10 years. I have also been exposed to so much that shocks the conscience that I feel compelled to contribute what I can to end marijuana prohibition. Therefore, I have filed a petition for the rescheduling of marijuana with the DEA I owe Carl Olsen a great debt for providing an exemple for me to follow. This petition is designed to force DEA to answer tough questions, like why their policies don't reconcile with the law and contemporary research.

Here are the relevant papers for those who are interested.

Who's John Gettman?

I have close relationship with NORML that goes back to 1981, and also with High Times originating in 1986. I was a member of NORML's staff from 1981 - 1989, and again during 1993. In the mid 1980's I received a B.A. in anthropology. In 1992 I received a M.S. in justice. In 1994 and 1995 I spent a considerable amount of time researching the legal and policy impact of the cannabinoid receptor system. I also explored the future relationship between hemp and developing technologies. I am currently enrolled in a doctoral program at The Institute of Public Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and am studying regional development.

I recognize my obligation to do public and community service.

Science changes when confronted by anomalies, things that don't make sense under the current paradigm. Policy is subject to different environmental pressures, but anomalies or "contradictions" can still produce change. Difficult questions give an anomaly a life of its own. It is our responsibility to make policymakers confront anomalies. The burden of proof must be on them.