Supreme Court Ruling Imminent in Medical Marijuana Case

  Supreme Court Ruling Imminent in Medical Marijuana Case

Posted by CN Staff on March 28, 2005 at 10:51:00 PT
For Immediate Release 
Source: Common Dreams  

Washington -- A Supreme Court ruling is imminent in the medical marijuana case Raich v. Ashcroft. Experts from the nation’s leading drug policy reform organization will be available for comment on the ruling. The Drug Policy Alliance has fought and continues to fight to allow seriously ill patients throughout America to access medical marijuana to relieve their pain.
The Alliance spearheaded virtually all of the medical marijuana ballot initiatives that are now law, in California, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Maine, and is currently involved in working with other state legislatures to pass medical marijuana legislation. The Alliance has also worked on some of the highest profile legal cases related to medical marijuana access. The Alliance served as attorneys of record in the case Conant v. Walters, which upheld the First Amendment right of doctors to candidly discuss and recommend medical marijuana to patients free from federal threats or interference. The Alliance currently represents the city and county of Santa Cruz, seven terminally and chronically ill patients and the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in a federal lawsuit seeking to enable a collective of seriously ill patients to grow and use medical marijuana free from federal law enforcement interference.Experts available to discuss the Supreme Court case include:Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization advocating alternatives to the failed war on drugs. In July 2004, Nadelmann’s National Review cover story on marijuana prohibition addressed the medical marijuana issue extensively. Daniel Abrahamson, director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of Legal Affairs, who submitted an amicus brief on the current Supreme Court case, as well as submitting amicus briefs in many other landmark medical marijuana cases. Complete Title: Supreme Court Ruling Imminent in Medical Marijuana Case; Experts from Leading National Advocacy Organization Available for Comment - Drug Policy Alliance has been Involved in Numerous State Medical Marijuana Initiatives and Major Court Cases Contact: Drug Policy Alliance Tony Newman, 212-613-8026Elizabeth Méndez Berry, 212-613-8036  Source: Common Dreams (ME)Published: March 28, 2005Copyright: 2005 Common DreamsContact: editor Website: Articles & Web Sites:Drug Policy Alliance Raich v. Ashcroft News vs. Walters Really Consider Cannabis My Miracle Court High Anxiety Medical Marijuana vs. The War on Drugs

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Comment #21 posted by afterburner on March 29, 2005 at 07:04:44 PT
Welcome Back, E_J
Your feminist perspective is always refreshing.US CA: States Rethink Inmate RehabilitationURL:
Pubdate: Mon, 28 Mar 2005
Source: Kansas City Star (MO)
Copyright: 2005 The Kansas City Star 
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on March 28, 2005 at 19:53:26 PT
EJ I Know What You Are Saying
This case is so hard to handle. I feel bad for the husband and the family. I really resent the right to life people using this like they have. It's tragic and wrong. Religion and politics in intense situations can make very bad laws for all of us. I think of the pro life people as people who want to tell people what to do in a situation and not allow individuals to think for themselves. Very sad all the way around.
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Comment #19 posted by E_Johnson on March 28, 2005 at 19:17:48 PT
She had an eating disorder
This sad affair about which so many people disagree was caused, the experts say, by bulimia, which causes among other things an imbalance in the electrolytes that are required for the electrochemical system of the heart to function properly.A potassium deficiency, to wit.How many people here can relate to that on an entirely different level, say, about three feet high?And the link is -- right in our patient community, where we have women seeking to avoid Terri Schiavo's fate, by using cannabis to treat their patterns of disordered eating.Amen.Okay?
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Comment #18 posted by global_warming on March 28, 2005 at 18:25:59 PT
oh, JC, did not mean to offend
Hey, JC, I have found your posts and thoughts close to my heart, and you have bocome somewhat of a beacon of clarity and substance in these cannabis postings.My personal comments about what was said over my telephone, were merely intended to illustrate,how we can become so divided, and all that justification, can drive us further apart, be assured, I love life, I love Justice, I Love Freedom, and I DoNot want any more people put in prison for a weed, and I want, all this anti cannabis hatred to be changed to some effort to healing, and let the doctors in this world find their holy justice, and let all people with a hand that offers healing, enter into the halls of truth and justice,gw
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Comment #17 posted by Toker00 on March 28, 2005 at 17:57:25 PT
Just saying...
Let's not drag the whole damn Schiavo case in here. It's been talked about plenty "out there."Then he devotes almost his whole post to the Schiavo case. Go Figure.Peace. Legalize, then Revolutionize!(medicine)(energy)(nutrition)
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Comment #16 posted by global_warming on March 28, 2005 at 17:53:03 PT
re:balanced opinions
Opinions, we got's lots of those, if you have some kind of camera, you can capture their story, even John, not that John, but that pee in the cup walters, that same guy that is working for that ondcpee, yup, that ONDCPeeeeee, working for that perfect world, for that place where every Christian. every God loving human being, will not submit to his thumb, his own torture, testifies, about the disease, that afflicts so many citizens in in our town, may the "Light" of "God", always light your path, and may these diseased experts, find that light of compassion, that saving grace, that look in your eyes, that wink, that lets me know, that my bondage, is but a wink away, and that "FREEDOM" has not been forgotten, let this Dawning and Sunset, mark our times, until we remember what we have forgotten, we all can reach out with a gentel and soft hand, and say, that we are the son of man, and this son of man says that from this moment, no human that is close to God, will forever not raise his hand  against all the blessed creatures and life forms, that live and light up this world, and these lights are but mere stepping stones that glow and light that eternal path, that glorious path, that we are held captive, and yet offer our entire blessing, our entire being, is but for the glory of god.It is really truegw
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Comment #15 posted by JoeCitizen on March 28, 2005 at 17:38:41 PT
global_warming, stick to cannabis topics
Let's not drag the whole damn Schiavo case in here. It's been talked about plenty "out there."There is no direct connection between Terri Schiavo and cannabis use.If there's an indirect connection, I would say that in both the Schiavo situation and with cannabis, the Federal government has far overstepped its constitutional powers, and is interfering in matters properly decided by the states, or by families, or by the individuals themselves. They have no more right to interfere with Michael Schiavo's decisions about his (legally married, older-than-eighteen) wife, than they do to interfere with Angel Raich or Diane Monson.I do not know what relationship Terri Schiavo had with her parents before her accident. As far as I know it was amicable. But many people view their eighteenth birthday as the moment when they can legally escape from parents who are abusive, or molesters, or who are simply close-minded ideological boors.  You don't get to choose your parents, but you do choose your spouse. So speaking just for myself, I tend to throw my support behind Michael Schiavo, rather than the parents.Lastly, you can permanently close the lines of communication by telling people to "shove it up their legal ass." It might make you feel all tough and righteous for a minute or two, but it definitely won't change any minds.I do not want to start a massive off-topic argument, so I will not respond any further on this topic. I would be happy to talk more about the article above, or any other cannabis topic.JC
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on March 28, 2005 at 17:16:40 PT
I take all news with a grain of salt. I sort thru news and try to find some truth. I get news digests from organizations about global warming and earth type news. Somewhere as we read we learn what is important and what we can change. I like the amount of articles that google gives per issue. I feel that way if I read a few of them I should get a balanced opinion. 
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Comment #13 posted by global_warming on March 28, 2005 at 16:54:16 PT
Google Me
Popularity, what buys and sells this news?Thank you for the rundown of yours news sources.I sure wish there was some news source that I could feel was unbiased and truthful.I just got of the phone with some friend, that happens to support the death of this Terri girl, to me, this conversation is the same as the conversstion with the prohibitionists.This gal, a legal secretary down in Florida, supports the rights of the husband, let her die, by the testament of her "husband", and her father who has his arms open to receive his daughter, is denied, the right, the honor, of holding his child.Though we hung up, when I said, to her, you can take your legal position, and shove it up your legal ass. I hope that we can talk again, but, is some legal contract going before us, or can we see beyond all this legaise confusion?This matter of this girl Terri, is the same argument, that Cannabists are useing, the rule of science and "experts" are dominating our world, there are so "many" experts, it makes one swirl, if we are good people, must we accept these leaders and seers into our future?gw
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on March 28, 2005 at 16:14:11 PT
Direct TV is a satellite because we don't have cable where we live. I get CNN, Fox, MSNBC, News World International ( Canada ) World Link TV ( International ) and I read Google News to find what is important to me.
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Comment #11 posted by global_warming on March 28, 2005 at 16:02:49 PT
What is Dirct TV?
Sorry, for the communication problem, guess we all have our tv, and what is available is the only "real" information that we can view and believe.I have some basic cable system, it has some nice stuff, but, my news, my information, is largely coming from the internet, and those bloggers, clarify what all that news and information is about.I really hope that this supreme court decision rests on the backs of the those children that hide in the shadows of this world, I hope, that this will be the light that will brings us together, I hope that the reasons for all this hatred, will become the force that will propel us all, into the greater places of Gods realms.I hope, that, with each new morning, you can stand up, and be witness, be able to hear and to reach out and touch that strangeness, those sounds that are just beyond the sound of that machinery, those smells, that subtle reminder, that this place, this world, is but a rocking member of this universe.yes,gw
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on March 28, 2005 at 15:39:43 PT
I do watch news almost all the time. I have Direct TV. I don't watch videos online because I have a satellite.
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Comment #9 posted by global_warming on March 28, 2005 at 15:31:56 PT
Maybe it is time
"Thanks. I very seldom watch videos on line so when issues come up about video I don't get them very well. Maybe it will be repeated on C-Span. If not I sure tried." It is too bad that u are not keeping up with the current news, fox5 has is currently being ostracized, their bias is becoming evident to more people.? How do you get your current news?gw
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on March 28, 2005 at 14:37:37 PT
Thank you. I might give it a try. I really don't watch videos so I never got very good at it. I like Windows Media Player when I do watch a video. I never had luck with Real Video. I don't understand Quicktime either. The videos I've wanted to see use Windows Media Player so that's why I use it.
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Comment #7 posted by lombar on March 28, 2005 at 14:27:45 PT
Use real media alternatives
No realone spyware. I have been using it for over a year and I watch the 'rm's on pot-tv all the time. It's smaller and faster, loads faster and does not 'phone home' (like realone). It does not load a process to run in the background (like realone), has a browser plugin (mozilla and IE) and is totally free.
real player alternative
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on March 28, 2005 at 14:02:00 PT
Thanks. I very seldom watch videos on line so when issues come up about video I don't get them very well. Maybe it will be repeated on C-Span. If not I sure tried. 
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Comment #5 posted by global_warming on March 28, 2005 at 13:42:21 PT
I don't know what your using or doing with that damn fangeled computer, but you might try some of them open source efforts.. watched it on tv (basic cable) and I watched it online at
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 28, 2005 at 13:31:45 PT
I haven't been able to view it yet. I changed something in real player like it said but it still won't work. I don't use Real Player often but use Windows Media Player so I don't know why it won't work. 
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Comment #3 posted by global_warming on March 28, 2005 at 13:23:13 PT
re:Allen St. Pierre 
I watched his interview this morning, and I thought that he came off just right, he was splendid, he has a persona that lends well to the camera, and he has a focus of person that is not easily shaken a perfect spokesman..I thought the question if he smoked cannabis was a bit rude of the anchor, who I normally like, but he (Allen) shouldered the question with the same strength as his whole interview.In the entire interview, it was never mentioned that the Supreme Court of these United States, was ready to issue its reasoned opinion, and though I found some of the callers rather ignorant of current science and understanding, I watched an interview that I think went very well.Keep up the good work Allen.Let us hope that most reasoned people who watched this interview, are not swallowing that government crap of reefer madness, and let us hope that all this anger against this little plant, will dissolve and we as a people in these United States, can agree to spend our valuable time and money on more worthy
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on March 28, 2005 at 11:37:38 PT
See a LEAP event or Hear one near you 
Mar 29 05 Contemporary Social Issues 01:30 PM Larry Henson Charleston South Carolina USA 
 Speaker Larry Henson is a welcomed guest to Professor Tracey Burkett's Contemporary Social Issues class. Larry will be discussing issues related to drug prohbition including mandatory minimums, methods of harm reduction and the HEA act and its impact on today's college students. Location: Burkett College of Charleston. Mar 29 05 Niagara This Week 12:00 AM Peter Christ  
 Mike Zettel from "Niagara This Week" will interview Board Member Peter Christ on issues related to drug prohbition and their impact on Canada and the United States. Mar 29 05 KBSZ 1250AM Radio: "Around The Town": 11:00 AM Howard Wooldridge Wickenburg Arizona USA 
 Board Member Howard Wooldridge will be participating in an in-studio interview on "Around The Town" on radio station KBSZ 1250AM. Howard will be discussing his cross country tour as well as very important drug prohbition issues such as the waste of tax payer money on the failed war on drugs, mandatory minimums, methods of harm reduction and a myriad of other issues. Follow Howard on his cross country tour at: Mar 31 05 Sun City del Sol Rotary 07:00 AM Howard Wooldridge Sun City Arizona USA 
 Wake up and shade your eyes when the very illuminating Board Member Howard Wooldridge visits the Sun City del Sol Rotary for breakfast and discussion of the failures of drug prohbition. Mar 31 05 Phoenix West Rotary 12:00 PM Howard Wooldridge Phoenix Arizona USA 
 Board Member Howard Wooldridge stops to let Misty catch her breath during their cross country tour when he sits down with members of the Phoenix West Rotary for lunch and discussion of issues related to the failure of America's war on drugs. Follow Howard on his tour of America at Mar 31 05 Air America Radio 09:00 AM Howard Wooldridge  
 Board Member Howard Wooldridge will be a guest on The Charles Goyette Show on Air America Radio. Howard will be discussing his cross country tour and a host of issues related to the failure drug prohbition. Visit the Air America web site at for more information. Follow Howard on his cross country tour at
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on March 28, 2005 at 11:04:41 PT

National Review Article By Ethan Nadelmann
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