Tuesday, June 07, 2005

COURT'S RULING ON MARIJUANA REEKS OF 'REEFER MADNESS'

Here's one of probably the first of many very good editorials - I am guessing that most of hte editorials on this issue are going to be on our side. This ruling basically says "let them eat cake - or marinol".


COURT'S RULING ON MARIJUANA REEKS OF 'REEFER MADNESS'
Diane Monson has suffered for years from degenerative spine disease and
painful muscle spasms. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court told Monson that
she can be prosecuted for trying to relieve her own pain.

Three years ago, federal agents barged into her house, seized and destroyed
the six marijuana plants Monson was growing at her doctor's suggestion.
Monson, an accountant who lives in Oroville, Calif., had been getting
relief from the active ingredient in marijuana that no ordinary drug had
been able to provide.

It was all legal under the laws of California, one of 10 states that since
1996 have authorized patients to grow or obtain marijuana for medical needs
with a doctor's recommendation. But the high court ruled that Congress'
blanket ban on marijuana trumps the states' compassionate desire to create
a limited exception for medicinal reasons.

Monson and Angel Raich are the latest collateral damage in Washington's
indiscriminate war on drugs. Raich, an Oakland mother of two, is subject to
severe, debilitating pain from an inoperable brain tumor and more than a
dozen other ailments. Her desperate measures, seeking relief in using
marijuana grown for her at no cost by her two caregivers, caused her to
join Monson's court case three years ago -- and now could make her also
liable to federal prosecution.

The Court's 6-3 decision was a stretched interpretation of the clause in
the Constitution that gives Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce.

for more: http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20050607/edtwo07.art.htm

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