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Doctors Pressure Government to Greenlight Medical Marijuana

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One year ago, Los Angeles County received the distinction of being number one in the nation for the amount of medical marijuana dispensaries in the country, with close to 50 in operation.

Recently, picking up your prescribed pot got theoretically easier with the launching of the world's first marijuana vending machines here in the City of Angels, which is causing international waves from objectors who cast doubt on the therapeutic validity of the Schedule 1 drug.

Now, the country's largest organization of doctors and internal medicine, The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released a position paper calling for an easement federal law regarding the classification and distribution of pot for medical purposes.

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The paper asks for "protection of both doctors and patients from criminal and civil penalties in states that have adopted medical-marijuana laws," according to today's LA Times.

Although 12 states, including California, have legalized marijuana, federal law still dominates, and DEA raids continue to take place on local dispensaries, like the one LAist photographed in July 2007.