Nevada Police Are Exploiting Marijuana Scheduling ‘Loophole’ To Make Arrests Despite Legalization, ACLU-Backed Lawsuit Claims

Nevada Police Are Exploiting Marijuana Scheduling ‘Loophole’ To Make Arrests Despite Legalization, ACLU-Backed Lawsuit Claims
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A new lawsuit being backed by the Nevada chapter of the ACLU claims that the state’s drug code unconstitutionally continues to list marijuana as a Schedule I drug, enabling police to continue to arrest people over cannabis despite the fact that it’s been legalized for medical and adult use. The suit targets the state Board of Pharmacy, which has scheduling authority over controlled substances. Plaintiffs say that because the board has failed to remove marijuana from Schedule I, people continue to run the risk of being prosecuted for felony crimes such as possession of cannabis with intent to distribute. Police have allegedly exploited that legal “loophole” even though the state Constitution recognizes the medical value of marijuana and voters approved adult-use legalization at the ballot in 2016. PRESS RELEASE: Instead of treating cannabis like alcohol and removing it from the state’s list of controlled substances, Nevada is ignoring its state Constitution and the will of the people. We're suing. https://t.co/Z1oi7fAbOy — ACLU of Nevada (@ACLUNV) April 18, 2022 “This is what the police departments are doing. They’re actually charging people with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell even if it is marijuana,” Sadmira Ramic, an attorney with ACLU of Nevada, told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Monday. Ramic said she feels that police are “aware” that cannabis has been legalized for medical and recreational use, but they’re still “finding ways to charge people with with marijuana,” disproportionately in minority and low-income communities. She said they’re using “loopholes” related to the board’s current scheduling status to perpetuate “the same issue that we had when there was a war on marijuana going on” in the state pre-legalization. The Cannabis Equity and Inclusion Community (CEIC), which works to help people get prior marijuana convictions cleared and empower disadvantaged…

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