Army veteran Jose Belen (beh-LEHN’) says the horrors of the Iraq War left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.
And the drug that he says helped him deal with the symptoms was one Veterans Affairs doctors couldn’t legally prescribe: marijuana.
Now, Belen is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging federal marijuana laws.
He is set to appear in a New York courtroom on Wednesday for arguments in a lawsuit that claims classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug is irrational and unconstitutional.
The government has filed a motion to dismiss. Government lawyers say there are logical reasons for listing marijuana as a dangerous drug under federal law.