A medical researcher and a group of veterans are challenging the federal government’s position that marijuana has no accepted medical benefit, despite it being legal for medicinal purposes in 36 states.

In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

(CN) — In a case that could make the federal government reconsider how it classifies marijuana, a lawyer urged a Ninth Circuit panel Thursday to make the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reassess its 49-year-old position that cannabis has no accepted medical use.

“It’s a relic of a bygone era,” attorney Shane Pennington told a three-judge Ninth Circuit panel.

Pennington represents Dr. Suzanne Sisley, an Arizona-based medical marijuana researcher, and three veterans…

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