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Eight months and counting.That’s how long D.C. residents who support the use of marijuana for medicalpurposes have been waiting for U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts to ruleon a lawsuit they brought last yearA group of D.C. residents filed suit on October 30, 1998, seeking theresults of Ballot Initiative 59, which would have made marijuana use legalfor D.C. residents who are seriously ill.

The vote count was never released because Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) attached arider onto the city’s 1999 appropriations bill that prohibited the Districtfrom using public funds to count votes on the ballot drive.

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