The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to hear Washington vs. Barr, a case challenging marijuana’s federal illegality.

  • Plaintiffs, including juvenile and veteran MED patients, and former NFL player Marvin Washington, are appealing a lower court ruling that they must exhaust their appeals to the DEA before challenging federal illegality in court. Plaintiffs argue the DEA has shown itself incapable of providing the requested relief and that federal illegality violates their Constitutional right to life-saving medicine.
  • “We’re not asking the court to change society,” the plaintiff’s lead attorney Michael Hiller said. “We’re asking the court to recognize how society has advanced, and how understanding of cannabis has advanced, and to simply take the foot off our necks, if you will, when it comes to the law.”
  • The high court only accepts about 3% of similar appeals. A decision on whether to hear the case is expected this week.

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