US DEA stands by ban on medical marijuana

A medical marijuana advocate holds a sign against the US Drug Enforcement Agency as he demonstrates in 2011 in San Francisco, CaliforniaThe US Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday said it was again denying requests to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The decision keeps a growing number of US states at odds with federal law, as half have enacted laws allowing access to cannabis for medical purposes. Currently, only the University of Mississippi is permitted to do so.

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