Latest Federal Lawsuit Over CSA is a Long Shot

An 11-year-old epileptic patient and a disabled military veteran are among five plaintiffs suing the federal government over the Controlled Substances Act and the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. That classification is both irrational and unconstitutional, the plaintiffs claim, and has wrongly and negatively affected their quality of life.

The suit names Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice, and the Drug Enforcement Administration as defendants. Among the claims is that cannabis’ classification as a Schedule I drug has restricted their ability to travel freely. The Cannabis Cultural Association, meanwhile, claims the CSA disproportionately affects people of color.

“If we win,” Joseph A. Bondy, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told Leafly, “we win the overturning of the federal cannabis law.”

That’s a big “if.” Even many marijuana legalization advocates are questioning the suit’s merits.


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