- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Deming man has filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to stop the U.S. Border Patrol from seizing medical marijuana at highway checkpoints near the southern border.

In the lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, 50-year-old medical marijuana patient Raymundo Marrufo is seeking a permanent injunction against the Border Patrol that would require agents to stop questioning U.S. citizens about medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

Marrufo says there are no dispensaries in Deming and he must go to Las Cruces to fill his prescription. On his way home, he must pass through a Border Patrol checkpoint that often employs a drug-sniffing dog.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

A Border Patrol spokesman said that the agency does not comment on pending litigation

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