Monday, June 28, 2004

Medical Pot Goes to Supreme Court

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"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a law outlawing marijuana applies to medical use by two seriously ill California women whose doctors recommended cannabis for their pain.

The high court said it would review a ruling that the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 cannot be applied constitutionally to the manufacture, possession and distribution without charge of marijuana for medical use.

'The cultivation, possession and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and not for exchange or distribution is not properly characterized as commercial or economic activity,' the appeals court said. "
And if it's not an interstate economic activity, the Federal government has little say so. Like many SCOTUS cases, this is going through the words with a fine-toothed comb. I'm guessing 5-4 against on this one, but we'll see how it turns out.

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