Trump Administration Needs to Defend Marijuana Policies in Court Tomorrow

As politicians continue to criticize the Trump administration for its backward marijuana policies, the White House has remained firm on enforcing cannabis laws as strictly as possible. But a new court decision may change that.

The Trump administration will need to defend its marijuana policies in court starting tomorrow. The court appearance is part of a lawsuit filed last July by several plaintiffs, including a former professional football player and a 12-year-old girl using marijuana to treat her epilepsy, challenging the federal government's classification of cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic.

The plaintiffs in the case are presenting several arguments in defense of marijuana legalization, including historical use of the drug as medicine by ancient cultures, use of the drug by the Founding Fathers and quotes from advisors to Richard Nixon who said that keeping cannabis illegal was a good way to punish hippies and black people. 

This isn't the first time a lawsuit challenged the classification of marijuana, but it may be the most creative one yet. Several new arguments are being restricted, such as the girl with epilepsy being unable to travel freely in the United States since her medication is illegal in many of them, that have never been heard in court before.

Tomorrow's hearing will see the government attempting to get the case dismissed by arguing that since Congress passed the law scheduling the drug, it's therefore legal and the only way to change it would be to change the law. So while this lawsuit may not be resolved for a very long time, tomorrow will at least give us an indication of how things could possibly go.

(h/t New York Times)

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