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State, federal marijuana laws collide

The DOJ doesn't prosecute medical-marijuana users, but other federal agencies say they must treat pot as an illegal drug

By Oren Dorell

WASHINGTON — People who use marijuana for medicinal purposes in states where it is legal are being penalized by the federal government because pot is still illegal under U.S. law.

At Denver unemployment offices, medical users fired for failing a drug test are denied unemployment benefits, says lawyer Kimberlie Ryan, who represents some of those applicants.

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