Medical Marijuana Activist Raich Drops Federal Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO — An Oakland mother of two who smokes or eats marijuana every few hours to ease chronic pain said Thursday she would quit her losing legal battle in federal court to legally take the drug.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in March that Angel Raich can’t be shielded from federal prosecution, despite her claim that marijuana is the only viable option to treat her life-threatening maladies, which include scoliosis, a brain tumor and chronic nausea.

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