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What if alcohol had been discovered in our lifetimes? Would it be legal? Probably not, writes Bill Gifford in our cover story this week; booze has almost no accepted medical uses, and the potential for abuse is immense. Marijuana, on the other hand, has demonstrated its medical usefulness in the treatment of a number of ailments, including glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. Fighting the fight for legal medical marijuana (and its stepsister, legal recreational marijuana) is a coalition of pro-dope forces with today’s National Demonstration for Medical Marijuana in front of the Department of Health and Human Services Building. Speakers include perennial pro-doper Dennis Peron and ACT UP activist Stephen Smith. At noon in front of the Hubert Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (301) 540-8653. (JS)