Marvin Washington, a former Jets defensive end, is one among five who is suing the head of the Department of Justice, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to decriminalize marijuana.
Washington is one of the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit that was filed in Manhattan that is against Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the DOJ.
The suit says, “Classifying cannabis as a ‘Schedule I drug’ is so irrational that it violates the U.S. Constitution,” and challenge the constitutionality of the 1970 Controlled Substance Act. The Act classifies cannabis as a dangerous substance.
The CSA does not allow Washington to obtain federal grants needed to open a business allowing him and pro football players to use medical marijuana for pain management.
According to attorney Michael Hiller, who is representing Washington as well as four other plaintiffs, “The record makes clear that the CSA doesn’t make any rational sense and the federal government knows it.”
In the suit is also 11-year-old Alexis Bortell, who needs medical marijuana treatment for epilepsy, and a disabled military veteran named Jose Belen with PTSD.