On Tuesday, a U.S. appeals court upheld the government’s classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical uses. Federal law still treats marijuana as a dangerous drug, although 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use. Medical marijuana backers asked that the court reexamine the evidence, overrule the Drug Enforcement Administration, and reclassify marijuana as a drug with medical benefits.
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia sided with federal health experts and the DEA, saying there is still an absence of large, “well-controlled studies” proving marijuana has medical benefits. Representatives from Americans for Safe Access, the pro-marijuana group that took the case to court, said they were not surprised by the outcome and that they plan to take the case to the Supreme Court.
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