Medical Marijuana and the War on Drugs

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Last week, the US Supreme Court ruled that medical marijuana laws passed by voters in 10 states are no defense against federal laws prohibiting use or cultivation. The majority said any change will have to come from the Congress. In the meantime, growers and users are subject to federal prosecution, even in 10 states where medical marijuana is legal. Congress may vote on the issue next week at the same time critics say the War on Drugs has been turning into a War against Pot. We hear about the pros and cons of medical marijuana, the priorities of federal law enforcement and the prospects for change in Congress from journalists, rehabilitation physicians, psychiatrists, experts in criminal justices and a policy analyst with the White House office of the Drug Czar.
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Houston Chronicle article on killing of Nuevo Laredo Police Chief Alejandro Dominguez

Gonzales v Raich, Supreme Court on

California's Proposition 215 (1996)

Controlled Substances Act (CSA)

Marijuana Policy Project

States- Rights to Medical Marijuana Act (HR 2087)

Epstein's article on renewed House bill advocating support for medicinal marijuana

California Coastal Commission on Broad Beach Coastal Access



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