Retired Jets player sues AG Sessions to decriminalize cannabis

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Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

Former Jets player Marvin Washington is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to decriminalize cannabis.

Washington is one of the five plaintiffs including one veteran with PTSD, two children with seizure and pain disorders, and the Cannabis Cultural Association.

The suit challenges the constitutionality of the 1970 Controlled Substance Act which classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug, more dangerous than meth and cocaine.

The former football player stated the the act prevented him from obtaining federal grants to open a business which would treat NFL players with cannabis for pain management instead of opiates.

The three individual plaintiffs also claim the Controlled Substance Act contradicts the positive effects that helped them manage their debilitating condition.

The Cannabis Cultural Association argued the act was enacted and enforced in a discriminatory manner, disallowing them from participating in the legal cannabis industry.

Since coming to office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been a staunch opponent of cannabis and requested the government to remove federal protections for medical cannabis businesses.