Prohibition went on trial this week in New York, where five medical marijuana patients have filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the DEA for the federal government’s ban on medicinal cannabis use. So far, the proceedings aren’t going very well for Sessions, a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization.
“How could anyone say your clients’ lives have not been saved by marijuana?” Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein asked on Wednesday. “How could anyone say their pain and suffering hasn’t been alleviated by marijuana?” Hellerstein added after Sessions’ defence denied that marijuana is a legitimate medicine.
Lawyers for Sessions and the DEA pointed to federal law, which says there is no accepted medical use for cannabis and defines marijuana as a substance that is as dangerous as heroin. Unfortunately for them, Judge Allerstein threw out that argument.
“How can you say that …’There is no currently accepted medical use in the United States?’” Hellerstein asked. “Some states have said there is accepted medical use… your argument doesn’t hold.” […]