CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2007 |
The medical marijuana patient who took her case to the U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that she is dropping further legal appeals. Angel Raich, 41, a mother of two from Oakland who smokes cannabis for a variety of ills, including a brain tumor, said the battle should now move from the courts to Congress. "I'm not a quitter, so this was a hard decision. But I've lost all faith in the judicial system," said Raich, who was never arrested for her medical pot use but sought to bar the U.S.
December 5, 2004
The U.S. Supreme Court case Ashcroft vs. Raich is an important one in the effort to help America's young people understand that smoked marijuana is not medicine ("The Plaintiff," by Carol Mithers, Nov. 14). Although the drug legalizers have successfully convinced a vast number of Americans that marijuana is good, parents and grandparents who have watched their children fall prey to this myth will tell you otherwise. There are currently 182,000 young people in treatment for marijuana-related problems.
November 30, 2004
Of the various fronts in the nation's "war on drugs," none seems more perverse and pointless than the raids that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft pressed Drug Enforcement Administration agents to stage against patients treating themselves with medical marijuana under Proposition 215, a law that California voters passed eight years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2004 |
A pair of medical marijuana patients won legal protection Tuesday against arrest and federal prosecution, setting the stage for a U.S. Supreme Court showdown to determine whether states can allow cannabis to be used as medicine. U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction against the U.S.
April 29, 2005
When San Francisco's Board of Supervisors met Monday to discuss how to tighten oversight of the city's 43 medical marijuana dispensaries, Bush administration officials cheered, for all the wrong reasons. Drug Enforcement Administration agents should have been thrilled that the city is trying to fill the regulatory gulf created in 1996 when Californians passed Proposition 215, vaguely sanctioning marijuana for "any ... illness for which marijuana provides relief."
June 9, 2005
Re "Justices Rule U.S. Can Ban Medical Pot," June 7: Is that why they call it the high court? Daniel Waldman Santa Barbara One perverse result of the medical marijuana case: In eviscerating any meaningful check on Congress' power to intrude on the most noncommercial and private of individual activities under the guise of "regulating interstate commerce," the court undermines the avowed principal goal of the federal drug control legislation...