Nation Briefing

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FEDERAL JUDGE LETS CLUB DISTRIBUTE POT

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge yesterday cleared the way for an Oakland club to distribute marijuana for medicinal purposes, saying the government hasn't proven why seriously ill patients should be denied the drug.

The decision will allow the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative to provide marijuanato members who face imminent harm from a serious medical condition.

"We think at least the feds are starting to recognize the strength and reality of the medical necessity of using marijuana as medicine, at least for certain conditions," said John Entwhistle, a spokesman for Californians for Compassionate Use.

Justice Department spokeswoman Gretchen Michael said officials were reviewing the decision.

AIR FORCE LEVIES CHARGES IN CARGO PLANE CRASH

WASHINGTON -- The Air Force brought charges yesterday against an officer who commanded a C-130E cargo plane during an aborted landing in Kuwait last year in which three U.S. servicemen were killed.

Charges of dereliction of duty and negligent homicide were brought against Capt. Darron A. Haughn by Brig. Gen. …

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