Medical marijuana advocates hope lawsuit relaxes US drugs policy

A US appeals court will hear evidence that the drug has medical benefits – a claim with which the federal government disagrees
The Guardian (UK)
Sunday, October 7, 2012
americans_for_safe_accessAdvocates for medical marijuana will go before the US court of appeal as part of a historic lawsuit that they hope will challenge the federal government's classification of marijuana. Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified alongside heroin as a dangerous drug, with no medical benefits. Advocates argue that marijuana has a medical benefit and so should be reclassified. A wide range of US organisations support either medical access to cannabis, its reclassification or both.