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Yesterday's Seattle Times (12/2/99) reported that the U.S. Attorney for Washington state, Kate Pflaumer, has informed state law enforcement that her office is not interested in prosecuting patients possessing less than a 60-day supply of marijuana. Pflaumer also said her office would not prosecute police officers for returning marijuana to individuals whom they believed met the medical marijuana standards.

In New Mexico, Health Secretary Alex Valdez has drafted legislation, at the request of Gov. Gary Johnson, to revive a medical marijuana law passed in 1978. More than 250 people had made use of the Lynn Pierson Act, named after a 25-year old cancer patient, until the legislature stopped appropriated the annual $50,000 needed in 1986. The law allows use of marijuana for alleviation of cancer chemotherapy and eye pressure from glaucoma, and for a review board to certify additional conditions as protected medical marijuana uses.

A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit brought by 165 medical marijuana patients seeking to have a federal program that provides marijuana to eight patients reopened to new applicants. (See previous coverage at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/082.html#hirsch.) DRCNet will post information relating to any appeals.

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