Pot will continue to be viewed "as dangerous as heroin and worse than methamphetamine" under federal law. That's been reaffirmed by a US appeals court, which ruled on Tuesday that the drug has "no accepted medical uses," according to David G. Savage in the LA Times.
The pro-pot group that brought the case argued that marijuana has been shown to alleviate pain, and the federal government should therefore look again at the evidence. But in their ruling, the judges went along with federal experts, who claim there is have been no "well-controlled" scientific studies of the medical benefits of marijuana.
Marijuana law in the US thus continues to be strangely schizophrenic, writes Savage. One the one hand, 20 states have made weed legal for recreational or medicinal use. On the other, the federal government which continues its 40-year-long war on the drug.