People on the left aren’t fans of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
He’s spearheaded Donald Trump’s policy directive on illegal immigration at the southern border and has cracked down on sanctuary cities.
Now a former Defensive End is going on the offensive and joining a lawsuit against Sessions.
Marvin Washington is suing the Attorney General over federal marijuana laws because some states have legalized it.
Former New York Jets player Marvin Washington has joined a lawsuit against the Attorney General of the United States over federal laws outlawing the possession and use of marijuana.
Currently, a handful of states have legalized marijuana, but the federal government never repealed its laws making the drug illegal, and the lawsuit is targeting that dichotomy, Daily Caller reported.
Washington, a defensive end who was drafted by the New York Jets in 1989 and played pro football for a decade, has joined the lawsuit filed against the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration aimed at scuttling the federal prohibition against pot.
The paperwork filed claims that “classifying cannabis as a ‘Schedule I drug,’ is so irrational that it violates the U.S. Constitution.”
A lawyer filing the lawsuit for Washington and several other plaintiffs said the rules don’t “make any rational sense” and further alleges that “the federal government knows it.”
Several of the plaintiffs joined the suit because they use pot for its medicinal properties of pain abatement. As to Washington, the former NFL player said he wants the federal government to end the prohibition against pot to allow Americans to file for permits to run marijuana dispensaries in every state instead of having to wait for state laws to be changed.
Washington also maintains that the drug laws prevent him from having access to small business loans and other government services for his pot selling venture.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has previously said that he is no fan of the recent expansion of legalized pot seen in so many states.
Indeed, in February, Sessions insisted that there is far more drug violence surrounding marijuana.
“Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think,” Sessions told the media in February.
Sessions continued, saying “I am definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana. But states, they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say, it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”
Marijuana laws appear to loosening, but Washington’s standing in this case seems tenuous at best.
Not having access to small-business loans for an illegal activity isn’t a winning argument. The constitutional grounds aren’t particularly strong, either.
Washington’s best bet for enacting change is lobbying congress, but nationwide pot legalization doesn’t yet have enough support.
Perhaps Mr. Washington could go to Washington and change hearts and minds at the Capitol with an impassioned speech.