San Jose, California
People in wheelchairs and others suffering from illnesses such as epilepsy and terminal cancer packed into a California courtroom Monday.
The city and county of Santa Cruz are suing the federal government over a D-E-A raid on a medical marijuana farm.
A lawyer for about 200 chronically and terminally ill people says they're asserting the right to grow and use marijuana to "prolong life and give comfort to the dying."
The case pits state laws on medical marijuana against federal laws making it illegal. It's the first time a public entity has sued the federal government on behalf of patients who need medical marijuana.
California and seven other states allow marijuana to be grown and distributed
with a doctor's recommendation. Marijuana can ease the symptoms of serious
illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.
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