Another Court Victory for DACA, More Efforts to Legalize Marijuana, and Denim-Day at Loyola
Judge John Bates joined two other federal judges in keeping DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in place. Judge Bates went one step further and ordered that the program must accept new applications. Notably, Judge Bates’ ruling was a judgment on the merits, meaning that if the order is not changed, it permanently goes into effect, subject to appeal. To provide the DHS additional time to better justify the decision to rescind DACA, Judge Bates stayed his order for ninety days. The two prior rulings preliminarily mandating nation-wide continuation of DACA came from the Second and Ninth Circuits. Click here to read Judge Bates' opinion.
Senator Chuck Schumer announced plans to introduce a new Senate bill that would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, which would formally leave it up to the states to determine whether marijuana is illegal. Currently, the majority of states permit use of marijuana for health purposes. Nine states, along with the District of Columbia permit recreational use. The bill likely will be supported by former House Majority Leader John Boehner, who recently announced he had reversed his stance against legalization of marijuana and had joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, one of the many companies the cannabis industry. The bill also likely will find support from the “Cannabis Caucus,” a bi-partisan group formed by four members of Congress to end federal interference with state laws permitting use of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes.
Loyola supported this year’s Denim-Day, a 19-year campaign run by Peace Over Violence to call attention and honor Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was a response to a ruling by the Supreme Court of Italy that overturned a rape conviction because the victim had been wearing tight jeans, thereby suggesting she must have assisted her assailant in removing her jeans. The next day, female members of the Italian parliament showed their support for the victim by wearing jeans to work. And Denim Day was launched. Per the organizers, the goal is provide a “visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.”