Thursday, March 15, 2007


Here's what happens:
An American woman whose doctor has told her that marijuana is the only drug keeping her alive, has been denied the right to use it by a federal court. She could face prosecution on drug charges.

Angel Raich, a 41-year old mother of two from Oakland, California, sought an injuction to stop the government prosecuting her. She suffers from several serious medical conditions, including an inoperable brain tumour, a weight-loss disorder, seizures, chronic nausea and scoliosis (a spine deformity).

Raich takes marijuana every few hours, under her doctor's advice, to control pain and give her an appetite. Her doctor has said without it she would "starve to death".

According to a Supreme Court ruling against Raich two years ago, users and suppliers of medical marijuana face prosecution, even if they live in a state that allows them to use the drug as a medicine. California, where Raich is a resident, is such a state. The conflict between federal and state law on the issue of medicinal marijuana has been highlighted by this case. Woman Denied Right To Use Marijuana As Life-saving Medication

Maybe one of our commenters can explain the sense of this... because I don't get it.


Blogger Orin Ryssman said...

So long as the drug in question is regulated by the State, and that drug does not cross State lines, then I think it is none of the Federal Government's business.

I understand personally the benefits of Alternative Medicine and I think adults should be allowed to make decisions without the heavy hand of the government making their lives any more difflicult.

March 15, 2007 10:37 PM  
Blogger Dana Beyer, M.D. said...

This is not really about "the heavy hand of government," though I can certainly appreciate the libertarian ethos.

This is about the "war on drugs," which makes us the country with one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. We're hypocrites, encouraging tobacco and alcohol use and abuse, and sending kids away for decades for the possession of other drugs certain political interests want banned.

March 16, 2007 12:13 AM  

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