Wednesday, November 5, 2014

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller Could be about to Start a Legal Revolution

A judge in California is examining the legality of America’s marijuana laws, she may be on the verge of throwing the entire system into chaos.

Three states, one district, and two cities will vote on various aspects of the nation’s drug laws on Tuesday but the most crucial marijuana decision being weighed in the coming days will be made by just one person. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller could be about to start a legal revolution, reports The Daily Beast.

After a five-day hearing in California, she is considering the validity of the science surrounding pot’s classification as one of the most dangerous drugs in the world.

Dominick Armentano emails:
My son, Paul, was the primary investigator on this case. Actually he was way more than that. He outlined the entire defense strategy on how to meet, and rebut, all of the government's arguments. He is. perhaps, the most knowledgeable person in the country on the totality of the scientific and medical evidence on marijuana. I'm his father and I say so!
Read the entire Daily Beast story here.


  1. "With this hearing, the long discussions held among drug policy experts, doctors, and politicians were finally given their day in court." When is the citizens human right to his own life going to receive its day in court? This is not the way to stop the war on drugs and if this hearing is truly "trailblazing" the legal system is hopelessly dysfunctional. I like Prof. Armentano's work on monopolies but sadly it has had zero impact on a people who love to use government to create them (see Obamacare). Fighting in the muddy weeds with these pigs only makes them happy and you muddy.

  2. Anything that chips away at drug regulation is great. However, the crux of the issue is the DEA ownership of classificaiton. That should be the ultimate goal, not working within the system to get drugs "reclassified."

    1. Getting rid of the DEA (and the FDA) is, of course, the ultimate goal. BUT in the meantime (!) getting this Judge to rule that there is no "rational basis" for marijuana as a Schedule One drug is progress toward that goal. BTW, if she so rules, pot does not get "reclassified" (she can't do that); it simply loses ALL "classification." There would be appeals of course but all of the next moves would have to come from the Feds.

    2. Thanks for the clarification Dominick!