Medical Marijuana Essay

2179 WordsNov 24, 20139 Pages
In 1996, California passed a medical marijuana law stating that patients in their state could grow, smoke, and obtain medical marijuana if they had a doctor’s oral or written recommendation to do so. Since then, thirty-four other states have passed legislation recognizing the value of medical marijuana. The passing of these medical marijuana laws in different states have caused some controversy between state and federal governments. Because of the current federal drug laws, federal agents are forced to prosecute and/or arrest these patients, and confiscate their marijuana even though their state laws allow them to obtain it. One particular case involved two California women who have chronic diseases, and say that medical marijuana is the only drug that makes it easier for them to deal with their pain. After their marijuana was confiscated by federal agents, they went to the court and sued, asking for a court order letting them smoke, grow, and obtain the drug without being prosecuted. The Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals Court in San Francisco ruled that the federal law outlawing marijuana does not apply to California patients whose doctors have prescribed the drug to them, and states are allowed to adopt medical marijuana laws as long as it’s not sold, transported across state Wick 2 lines, or used recreationally. Following this ruling, the Bush administration was dissatisfied and decided to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Before this case, the U.S. Supreme Court has made some rulings about medical marijuana. In 2001, for example, the Court ruled that the member’s only clubs that are formed to distribute medical marijuana couldn’t claim their activity was protected by “medicinal necessity” even if the patients getting the medical marijuana had a doctor recommendation. The case involving the two women from California is a more difficult situation to make

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