[Hpn] SUPREME SUPREME COURT OUTLAWS USE OF MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL REASONS~0T~

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Mon, 6 Jun 2005 10:53:22 -0400


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Supreme Court Outlaws Use Of Marijuana For Medical Reasons

June 6, 2005

WASHINGTON -- 

The Supreme Court has ruled that federal officials can prosecute sick people
who smoke marijuana under a doctor's orders.

Justices ruled state medical marijuana laws don't protect users from a
federal ban on the drug.

The decision is a defeat for marijuana advocates who have gotten 10 states
to allow the drug's use to treat illness.

The closely watched case was an appeal by the Bush administration in a
California case that it lost in late 2003. At issue was whether the
prosecution of medical marijuana users under the federal Controlled
Substances Act was constitutional.

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