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Supreme Court Declines Passing Marijuana

Thursday, December 02, 2004

After refusing to look into gay marriage in Massachusetts, the Supreme Court has decided to focus on a lighter target: the use of medical marijuana in California. California passed the Compassionate Use Act, “To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes”. While on the outside, this looks like a good plan, there are several problems with it.

there is no research on whether terminally ill patients have gotten involved in harder drugs

Foremost in everyone’s mind is that fact that no one in California can be trusted with any quantity of marijuana. Secondly, is the fact that no one in Congress has ever used marijuana for anything other than getting high. It is also to be noted that the Justice Antonin Scalia has been watching a lot of TV lately, and has been greatly affected by the “anti-drug” marketing campaign. Lastly, there is the argument that marijuana is a gateway drug. Although, it was Dell spokesmen “Steven” that was arrested on 5th degree possession charges in New York. And, there is no research on whether terminally ill patients have gotten involved in harder drugs due to their marijuana use.

the medicinal effects of wheat remain largely unknown

Enter Angel McClary Raich. Raich suffers from including fibromyalgia, endometriosis, scoliosis, uterine fibroid tumors, paralysis, asthma, rotator cuff syndrome and a number of other painful diseases. She also has an inoperable brain tumor and suffers from seizures. Our researchers searched through the archives but were unable to find anyone in a more miserable condition. If Raich is unable to access marijuana, she will probably die in the very short term. The question is: who in the federal government could be heartless and cold enough to even imagine taking away medical marijuana from such a pitiable individual? Anyone who took more than a few seconds to answer that question has never heard of John Ashcroft.

The Court seemed to give little consideration though to the issues listed above. Instead they batted around minutia relating to interstate commerce laws. Included in this was mention of a 1942 case Wickard v. Filburn, which was about the effect on interstate commerce on growing too much wheat. To this day, the medicinal effects of wheat remain largely unknown, and the amount of wheat smokers has decreased significantly since 1942.

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