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Trump Administration Defeats Sick Kids Who Want Access to Pot

A Swiss Startup Is Pumping Out Legal Hashish
Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

Supporters of legal cannabis lost in their latest effort to scale back the drug’s federal classification among the most dangerous narcotics.

A Manhattan-based federal judge dismissed the claims Monday, saying that Congress ultimately holds authority to classify drugs. U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein directed the plaintiffs -- two sick children, a former professional football player and the Cannabis Cultural Association -- to go first through federal regulators. Their attorneys have promised to appeal the ruling.