Several months ago, a lawsuit was launched against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Department of Justice, along with the acting head of the DEA, Charles Rosenberg, as well as the DEA itself and the United States of America.
And there are millions of people who could stand to benefit if this team pulls off a win against the current CSA scheduling.
The case involves 5 plaintiffs:
- a 12 year old girl with epilepsy by the name of Alexis Bortell (her father Dean Bortell is also named as her guardian)
- a military veteran (Jose Belen) who conducted 2 tours in Iraq and now suffers with PTSD
- a former NFL player who played for the San Francisco 49ers (Marvin Washington)
- a 6 year old child (Jagger Cotte) who suffers from Leigh's Disease.
- The non-profit Cannabis Cultural Association
With their case, they are looking to argue that the current standing on cannabis, via the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) classifying it as a Schedule 1 substance, violates numerous Constitutionally-protected rights.
The team behind the fight insist that the current standing on cannabis is one that's predicated on lies and they believe that there is more than enough evidence to support the notion that cannabis can and has been used for medicinal purposes and other reasons.
The current standing that the CSA takes on cannabis makes absolutely zero sense they say and that the government's views and actions tell a conflicting story.
Despite who wins the case,..
it's expected that either party will appeal the decision if it doesn't go in their favor.
the government has already tried to have it dismissed, but in September a court denied their motion.
That court date: February 14, 2018 @ 2:30 pm. Location: U.S. Courthouse - Southern District of New York 500 Pearl Street in Courtroom 14D.
Suffering Because Of Prohibition
A tremendous amount of suffering has occurred because of the ridiculous criminalization of cannabis that continues to take place.
Families have been split apart over cannabis, children have been taken away and put into foster care, people have been locked up in cages for decades over something that didn't involve the property of any other person—no victim, no crime.
The plaintiffs in this case are arguing that the current CSA cannabis standing causes them suffering and they have to endure additional harm because of the severe restrictions and prohibition that's in place.
They say that the CSA has wrongfully and unconstitutionally criminalized the possession, sale, distribution, and cultivation, of cannabis.
For example, one of the plaintiffs in the case, 12 year old Bortell, she is originally from Texas but she had to move to Colorado-referring to herself as a cannabis refugee-in order to access the medicine that she needed.
Her grandparents live back in Texas and she isn't able to visit them, or if she does she isn't allowed to bring her medication with her. She has to choose between suffering or seeing her grandparents and it shouldn't have to be that way.
Cannabis helps millions of people every day and yet people suffering like Bortell still need to endure such an uphill battle just to try and gain some quality of life for themselves; because there are some bureaucrats out there who remain convinced that we should be telling people what they can or can't be allowed to put into their own bodies. It's time to turn the page and hopefully this case will do what it can to urge Sessions and other anti-cannabis advocates to employ reason in this matter.
CBS News via Care2.com