Pubdate: 15 Mar 1999
Source: United Press International
Copyright: 1999 United Press International

(PHILADELPHIA) - A federal judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit that
seeks to legalize the medical use of marijuana. U.S. District Judge Marvin
Katz says the plaintiffs in the class-action suit deserve the chance to
prove the government has no reason to deny the drug to seriously ill
people. Justice Department officials say they stand by the fact that
marijuana remains an illegal drug, but the lawyer representing the 165
people who are part of the suit says medical research has shown that
marijuana can help patients suffering from glaucoma and combats the nausea
caused by drugs used to treat cancer and AIDS. 
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