Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Medical users fair game

This ruling really irritates me - but it is not the end. For one thing it DOES NOT invalidate the state's medical marijuana bills. These laws still protect patients from arrest by state and local officials. Not only that there is a current rescheduling petition that was submitted to DEA and passed with merit to HHS. Quoting a Drug Policy Forum of Texas-Houston Co-Founder and past President Jerry Epstein from a recent email to the DPFT (http://www.dpft.org) email list
"The political class will call for another damn review. Tell them it is underway at HHS right now and you want quick action and public hearings."

Medical pot users fair game
High court rules that feds may prosecute even in states that allow it
07:50 PM CDT on Monday, June 6, 2005

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – People who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, overriding medical marijuana statutes in 10 states.

The court's 6-3 decision was filled with sympathy for two seriously ill California women who brought the case, but the majority agreed that federal agents may arrest even sick people who use the drug as well as the people who grow pot for them.

seem more here: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/060605dnnatmedmar.2e980761d.html


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