Pubdate: Sat, 11 Dec 2004
Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)
Copyright: 2004 Knight Ridder
Author: Michael Sullivan
Cited: Raich v. Ashcroft ( )
Bookmark: (Opinion)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have no business investigating
and tampering with our state law, nor any other state law, allowing
the use of marijuana as medicine.

There is no commerce, no trafficking here, hence no need for
government regulation. What we have here is a situation where people
who are suffering from physical problems and life-threatening diseases
are looking for some relief for their physical and, quite often,
psychological distress. If it takes the use of marijuana or some other
"illegal" drug to do it, so be it.

The reason the federal government wants to supersede this humanitarian
state law is because it can't regulate and tax marijuana, since anyone
can grow it anywhere he or she wants.

These justices might want to do what they timidly did when the issue
of same-sex marriage came to their front door: Leave it out in the
cold. In the case of marijuana use, they would be making the right

Michael Sullivan,

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