Medical Marijuana and States' Rights

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As the US Supreme Court met today, it was announced that Chief Justice William Rehnquist will participate from home for the rest of this year while he's being treated for thyroid cancer. The 8 sitting members, who opted not to consider approval of same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, then heard arguments in a California case involving the medical use of marijuana. It-s been legalized by voters 11 states as different as California and Montana, but it violates laws passed by Congress and vigorously enforced by Attorney General John Ashcroft. We hear the arguments and implications for state regulation of gay rights, pornography and abortion from drug-prevention advocates, drug-policy reformers and a physician to the plaintiff in today's Supreme Court case.
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President Bush nominates Carlos Gutierrez as Secretary of Commerce

Kellogg CEO Carlos Gutierrez

Department of Commerce

Raich v Ashcroft

Raich's website

Savage article on medical marijuana case

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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