HILLER, PC

Attorneys at Law600 Madison Avenue New York. NY 10022

For Immediate Release: Feb. 26, 2018

Statement from Hiller, PC on Landmark Lawsuit A2ainst Jeff Sessions As It Pertains to Constitutionality of Cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act: Pfllintiffs Vow to Af)peal, As Judf!e Dismisses Federal Cannabis Lawsuit

NEW YORK – Today, Judge Alvin K. Hellcrstcin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern DistrictofNewYorkdismissedWashington,ct.alv.Sessions,ct.al, lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Schedule I classification of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act.

The plaintiffs, along with Miller, PC lead counsel Attorneys Michael S. Miller and co-counsels Lauren

A. Rudick and Joseph Bondy, vowed to appeal the lawsuit. The plaintiffs in Washington, ct.al v. Sessions, et.al include: Denver Broncos Super Bowl Champion, Marvin Washington; 12-ycar old girl, Alexis Bartell; seven-year old Jagger Cotte of Georgia, who suffers from Leigh’s Disease; disabled military combat veteran, Jose Belen; and the Cannabis Cultural Association, Inc.

Hiller PC:

A New York federal district court judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by Marvin Washington, Alexis

Bortcll and an assortment of other plaintiffs seeking a ruling that the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug is unconstitutional.

In dismissing the case, Judge Alvin Hellcrstein took pains to “emphasize that this decision is not on the merits of plaintiffs’ claim[s].” Instead, Judge Hellerstein decided that the plaintiffs were first required to exhaust administrative remedies – an agency-driven administrative process, during which petitions are filed with and decided by the DEA to reschedule cannabis.

Judge Hellcrstcin did not appear to address the plaintiffs’ argument, as reflected in a recent filing, that the petitioning administrative process generally consumes an “average of nine (9) years to complete,” and is “overseen by a biased decision-maker (defendant JeffSessions), who has pre-determined to reject the evidence before it has even been presented.”

Michael Hiller, Hiller, PC lead counsel for the plaintiffs stated: “Resigning the plaintiffs to the petitioning administrative process is tantamount to a death sentence for those patients who need cannabis to live. The time has come for the courts to abandon decades-old precedent, notched with obsolete legal technicalities, and catch up with modem science and contemporary principles of constitutional law.”

Lauren Rudick, Hiller, PC co-counsel for the plaintiffs, added:  “The plaintiffs weren’t the only  ones who experienced a setback today. States and principles of federalism took a black-eye as well, and under the false premise that the courts arc constrained by prior decisions to take actions, which the

overwhelming majority of Americans, including members of Congress and the President, know arc wrong.”

Joseph Bondy, co-counsel for the plaintiffs, commented: “We believe that the court didn’t consider a number of arguments in our case and declined to hear oral arguments on some of those points. We are exploring all of our legal arguments to further our chance of winning the case.”

Michael Hiller concluded: “This case will continue to move forward. Notwithstanding the outcome today, we remain confident that the final disposition of this case will include a finding that the classification of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act is unconstitutional – freeing millions of Americans to safely treat their conditions with a plant that maintains their health and their lives.”

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  1. Jeff Wiener

    WE NEED A REVOLUTION IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE IT SEEMS EVERY ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICIAL IS ON THE TAKE!!!

    I THINK THIS JUDGE HAS EITHER BEEN BOUGHT OR IS A COMPLETE SENILE IDIOT.

    HEY IDIOT…YOUR OWN GOVERNMENT ALLOWS BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TO MAKE MILLIONS SELLING FDA APPROVED DRUGS CREATED FROM SYNTHETHIC MARIJUANA, ALL WHILE THE DEA STILL CLASSIFIES IT AS HAVING NO MEDICAL BENEFIT!!!

    COULD IT BE THAT THE DEA WOULD LOOSE MILLIONS OFF THEIR BUDGET IF THEY NO LONGER WENT AFTER MARIJUANA USERS AND SUPPLIERS??

    ALL OF THESE BASTARDS SHOULD BE PUT AGAINST A WALL AND SHOT!!!

    AND I HOPE THEY ARE LISTENING TO ME. WOULD LOVE TO BE INTERVIEWED.

  2. John

    It’s a shame this judge is nothing more than a government lackey

  3. Loretta Ward

    It is a shame, there are millions of people that are in need of this, there are thousands if not millions of examples of the miracles that MMJ, CBD can do. BUT obviously they cant figure out how to line their pockets with gold like they have with the Big Pharma….
    Big Pharma is the king of drug dealers

  4. Diane Gracely

    I agree with Jeff Wiener, he said “WE NEED A REVOLUTION IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE IT SEEMS EVERY ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICIAL IS ON THE TAKE!!!
    I’ve been saying we need a revolution for that past several years. We need newly elected YOUNG officials. These older generation officials MUST GO. Times are changing and we need the YOUNGER generation in our government. We are not living in the 1930’s anymore.
    Cannabis is saving LIVES. When has alcohol EVER saved anyone’s life? BUT yet it’s legal.
    People who use alcohol kill people, rob people, cause bad accidents, ABUSE their WIVES and children, and the list goes on…
    People who use cannabis ALONE are not out there in the world doing anything that people who consume alcohol do. The PATIENTS who are using cannabis are getting their quality of life back. They are getting healthier.
    Take Cannabis OFF the Schedule, STUDY it, ALLOW it to be used as MEDICINE, exactly what it was put here on earth for.

  5. BL White

    I agree wholeheartedly with Diane and Jeff. These political dinosaurs need to go home , play golf, polo or whatever else the ‘elite’ do. This being in office for 30+ years, is for the birds! Terms limits for ALL political offices has to be employed. Funny, how these ‘politicians’ go into these jobs without 2 nickles to rub together and come out the other end millionaires, some even Billionaires. Something is seriously going wrong somewhere. Obama went into the White House making 800K annually in 2008, when he left office he was worth more than 12 Million dollars! Where’d all that money come from? Can you say, CORRUPT!

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