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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Monday, June 13, 2005

Fall-out from Medicinal Marijuana Case

According to an article in the onlineABA Journal, Congress may respond soon to the Supreme Court's opinion this week in Gonzales v. Raich, the medicinal marijuana case.  The article states,

. . .  the political dispute remains alive as Congress  prepares to vote as early as next week on a measure that effectively would end raids by federal agents on patients’ homes, such as one that sent the case to the high court in the first place.      

Meanwhile, proponents of medical marijuana say they still have significant legal weapons at their disposal as the case heads back to the lower courts to be litigated on separate issues. . . .

Raich says she  . . . plans to travel to Washington  to lobby for an amendment to an appropriations bill that would cut off  money to enforce the law against medical marijuana users. A vote could  come as soon as Tuesday, her lawyers say. Similar measures have failed at least twice before.

"Even though we lost, it doesn’t mean that the battle is over," Raich says. "I still have some life left  in my body."

Should be interesting to see how Congress handles this.  [bm]

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