SCOTUS Considers Cannabis Appeal Friday…..Last month, Last Prisoner Project joined a coalition of advocacy organizations, scientists, and members of congress in supporting the petitioners’ writ of certiorari to encourage the Supreme Court of the United States to hear Marvin Washington, et al. v. William P. Barr.
Today, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, called upon the U.S. Supreme Court to review and proceed with hearing Washington v. Barr, the most significant and potentially consequential cannabis-related lawsuit ever to be filed.
The Court will consider the plaintiffs’ appeal at a conference on Friday, October 9, and if the Court accepts the appeal for consideration, it could pave the way to federal legalization of cannabis for the first time since 1937. If the Court were to decline to hear the appeal, the case would be over for good. While cannabis is also on the ballot in five states that will be voting on some form of cannabis legalization in November, adoption of legalization electorally on the state level will not solve the problems associated with federal prohibition. Rather, it would merely reinforce the absurdity of marijuana’s classification under Schedule I.
Read LPP’s full amicus brief here.