Marijuana activists take on Sessions and the DEA
A crew of cannabis advocates filed a federal lawsuit on Monday that challenges the constitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act's section on marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Drug Enforcement Administration acting head Chuck Rosenberg were named as defendants.
The plaintiffs- who include two children using medical cannabis, a former NFL player, a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and a marijuana activism nonprofit- claim that the CSA's classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance is so absurd that it's unconstitutional. Reminder: Schedule I classification is reserved for the most dangerous drugs. Heroin is on this list. Marijuana's inclusion is definitely ridiculous, but is it unconstitutional? We're excited to see how this lawsuit goes.
Congress talks cannabis
The Senate and the House of Representatives are making some important decisions regarding marijuana. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment that would extend the protection of state medical cannabis programs from federal interference. Meanwhile, the House Rules Committee decided not to allow a medical marijuana amendment to move forward. The amendment would have allowed veterans to take part in the medical cannabis programs in certain states. One step forward, two steps back.
California's marijuana surplus
California's cannabis growers produce eight times the marijuana that is used in the state. After January 1st, new state regulations will ban exports of the plant. There's concern that some growers will illegally transport cannabis to other states, while others will simply go out of business. Maybe Californians can be convinced to consume eight times more marijuana.
The Washington State Department of Health put up a really weird anti-marijuana billboard. It read, "We don't need pot to have fun. We're Hispanics...We're cool by default" and showed a group of young, presumably Hispanic adults. As you might imagine, there was backlash. See the billboard for yourself here.
Less pot, better grades
A recently published study showed that college students with access to recreational marijuana receive lower grades and fail classes at a higher rate than their pot-free counterparts. You could probably say the same for alcohol and Netflix.
I wish I were cool by default. -Rachel