Ex-NFL star Marvin Washington files marijuana lawsuit against Jeff Sessions

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Jeff Sessions is about to feel the heat from a former NFL defensive end.

The attorney general will soon have to face ex-San Francisco 49er Marvin Washington, one of five plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Sessions, the DOJ and the Drug Enforcement Agency, reports the New York Post.

The lawsuit challenges the 1970 Controlled Substances Act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical value, alongside far more dangerous drugs such as heroin and meth.

“Classifying cannabis as a ‘Schedule I drug’ is so irrational that it violates the U.S. Constitution,” the lawsuit contends.

Washington has become a vocal advocate of medical marijuana use since his retirement in 1999, and joins a growing number of former football players who have lobbied for the NFL to allow cannabis as a non-addictive alternative to prescription opiates.

The plaintiffs joining Washington includes 11-year-old Alexis Bortell, who uses cannabis to control her epilepsy, and disabled military veteran Jose Belen, who uses it to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

“The record makes clear that the CSA doesn’t make any rational…

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