Pubdate: Sun, 09 Sep 2001
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2001 Los Angeles Times
Author: Ray Carlson
Bookmark: (Cannabis - California)


Re "Reefer Madness: Making a Big Deal of Destroying a Pot Farm," Sept. 2:

While I agree overall with Dana Parsons' perspective in his column, I 
must clarify one erroneous point. He says of California's Proposition 
215, "... the U.S. Supreme Court recently all but invalidated it."

The Supreme Court's decision applied only to federal cases, stating 
that a "medical necessity" defense cannot be used in a federal case. 
It did not even dare to touch on the issue of states' rights, which 
was specifically excluded in the ruling. The case was not a challenge 
to the legality of California's Proposition 215. In fact, there is 
yet to be a challenge to it. That the U.S. Supreme Court "invalidated 
medical marijuana" is a reductionistic statement often made by the 
press and would be refuted by anyone at all familiar with law.

For the record, please get it straight: Medicinal marijuana in 
California is here to stay.

Ray Carlson, Redwood City
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