Monday, June 28, 2004

Supreme Court to Take Up Medical Marijuana Case

From the Washington Post:
The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether sick people who smoke pot on a doctor's orders are subject to a federal ban on marijuana.

The court agreed to hear the Bush administration's appeal of a case it lost last year involving two California women who say marijuana is the only drug that helps alleviate their chronic pain and other medical problems.
This could be a significant case in medical marijuana law. The decision of the Appeals Court found in favor of patients and against the enforcement of federal drug laws in cases of doctor-prescribed marijuana. Of course, a 2001 Supreme Court decision determined that medical marijuana clubs were not protected from federal interventions. Being that the current incarnation of the Court is the same as in 2001, it is tough to see this one staying in favor of patients.

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