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Former Jets’ Defensive End Suing Jeff Sessions Over Pot Prohibition

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to be on the losing team when it comes to marijuana legalization, and one former NFL’er is ready to sack Sessions’ yet again.

Sessions, who has drawn the ire of President Trump this week in a bitter, public war of words, has made it very clear that he wants no part of wholesale marijuana legalization, even in the face of mounting pressure from states with The Union.  As Sessions took to the Department of Justice he announce new initiatives that would set the American war on drugs back 25-plus years with a renewed focus on mandatory minimum sentencing and enforcement…all in the face of increasing public desire to decriminalize the powerful plant.

Now, one former defensive end is ready to come crashing into the Attorney General’s huddle to try to knock some sense into Sessions.

“Marvin Washington, who was drafted as a defensive end for the Jets in 1989, and four other plaintiffs are targeting Sessions, the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to decriminalize cannabis. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), passed in 1970, which places marijuana in the same category of narcotics like cocaine and heroin, reports the New York Post.

“The lawsuit claims that ‘classifying cannabis as a “Schedule I drug,” is so irrational that it violates the U.S. Constitution.’

“’The record makes clear that the CSA doesn’t make any rational sense and the federal government knows it,’ Michael Hiller, an attorney representing Washington and the other plaintiffs, told the New York Post.”

In locales where marijuana has been legalized for medicinal and/or recreational use, a number of societal and economic windfalls have occurred.

When Colorado made recreational use of the drug legal in 2014, the state was nearly immediately inundated with a tax surplus made possible by the sale of marijuana.  Furthermore, the rates at which Coloradans found themselves suffering from opioid addictions and overdoses was reduced by 6%.  A number of states have followed suit in recent months, with Massachusetts and Maine representing the East Coast’s sudden change of heart on the subject.

 

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