Federal Appeals Court Cancels Hearing on Right to Use Marijuana

It's rare that a court hearing will generate enough excitement to interest the press.

Then again, a public defense of medical marijuana's merits made in court is a rare event — as is is the government forced to publicly defend its crackdown on California's state-legal cannabis industry.

Next week, the U.S. Ninth Circuit appeals court, which has been long derided by conservatives as the nation's most liberal pack of activist judges, was to hear arguments on a lawsuit brought by medical marijuana providers that had been shut down during the Department of Justice's crackdown which began in 2011(technically, it's an ongoing issue).

Citizens have a fundamental right to use, possess, and cultivate cannabis under state law, plaintiffs' attorneys were set to argue. The stage was set … until the court abruptly canceled next week's oral arguments.

And that's not a good sign for pot people.

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