• Challenge to federal marijuana laws to be heard in New York

    By: KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press

    Updated:
    NEW YORK (AP) - Army veteran Jose Belen (beh-LEHN') says the horrors of the Iraq War left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.

    And the drug that he says helped him deal with the symptoms was one Veterans Affairs doctors couldn't legally prescribe: marijuana.

    Now, Belen is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging federal marijuana laws.

    He is set to appear in a New York courtroom on Wednesday for arguments in a lawsuit that claims classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug is irrational and unconstitutional.

    The government has filed a motion to dismiss. Government lawyers say there are logical reasons for listing marijuana as a dangerous drug under federal law.

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