High Court To Hear Medical Marijuana Case

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The Supreme Court will consider in its next term whether sick people who smoke pot with doctors’ permission are subject to a federal ban on marijuana. The court will hear the Bush administration’s appeal of a case it lost involving two California women who say marijuana is the only drug that helps alleviate chronic pain and other medical problems. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in December that a federal law outlawing pot does not apply to California patients whose doctors have prescribed the drug. In a 2-1 decision, the court said federal prosecution of medical marijuana users is unconstitutional if the marijuana is not sold, transported across state lines, or used for non-medicinal purposes.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11642-2004Jun28.html

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