Federal Lawsuit Over Safe Drug Consumption Sites Heads To Mediation To ‘Expedite’ Resolution

Federal Lawsuit Over Safe Drug Consumption Sites Heads To Mediation To ‘Expedite’ Resolution
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The Justice Department and a Philadelphia nonprofit have agreed to transfer a case concerning the legality of safe drug consumption sites out of a federal district court and to mediation before a magistrate judge in order to finally reach a resolution after numerous delays. Safehouse—which has spent years in litigation after DOJ sued to block them from opening a harm reduction center under the Trump administration—said in an email blast on Tuesday that the parties reached an agreement on moving to mediation last week “to expedite a prompt resolution and begin saving lives.” The nonprofit said it is hopeful that the tactic “is the best way to resolve the lawsuit quickly.” This comes about a month after the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an order requiring that DOJ reveal its position in the lawsuit by January 9. That represented a compromise between the department’s request to have until February and the nonprofit’s position that it would no longer voluntarily accept additional delays after previously agreeing to continually push back the government’s deadline. For much of the years-long case, Safehouse had described discussions with DOJ as productive and, as such, it agreed to give the department extra time to consider its position. But as time passed, the organization eventually determined that further delay would be untenable. On Tuesday, the court issued the mediation order that transfers the case to U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Lloret. Advocates feel that this will speed up the case, which they hope will ultimately clarify the federal stance on safe consumption sites where people can use currently illicit drugs in a medically supervised setting. Marijuana Moment reached out to Safehouse staff and attorneys for comment on the development, but they did not respond by the time of publication. Last February, DOJ said…

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