Pubdate: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 Source: Des Moines Register (IA) Copyright: 2005 The Des Moines Register. Contact: http://desmoinesregister.com/index.html Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/123 Author: Bruce Mirken Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/mmj.htm (Cannabis - Medicinal) Cited: Gonzales v. Raich ( www.angeljustice.org/ ) Note: Title by newshawk SUPREME COURT DID NOT "STRIKE DOWN" STATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS Thank you for urging Congress to take action to protect medical marijuana patients ("Doctor or No, Cannabis Is Out," June 7 editorial). However, the Supreme Court did not "strike down" state laws allowing medical use of marijuana. All the court did was maintain the status quo: Patients protected under state law are not free from the possibility of arrest by federal authorities. However, Congress can change that as soon as this week, when the House considers the Justice Department's appropriations bill. Representatives Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) will propose an amendment barring federal attacks on patients in states where medical use of marijuana is legal. This humane, commonsense proposal deserves immediate passage. Bruce Mirken Director of communications Marijuana Policy Project Washington, D.C.