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Supreme Court Ruling Did Not Change Anything

Gonzales Vs Raich Decision

The United States Supreme Court ruling in the Gonzales Vs Raich case did not change anything with California Law.  The Supreme Court only ruled that existing federal law is constitutional to regulate marijuana in states that have made medical marijuana legal.  When Prop 215 passed in California in 1996, medical marijuana became legal under California state law but remained illegal under Federal law.  The Federal Government has had the legal option to arrest and prosecute medical marijuana patients for possession, distribution, and cultivation in states that have made medical marijuana legal since the state law passed.

The Supreme Court's ruling overturned the lower court's opinion that the Federal Government does not have the legal right to regulate medical marijuana in states that have made it legal.  The Supreme Court just upheld existing Federal Law.

"People shouldn't panic. There aren't going to be many changes," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said. "Nothing is different today than it was two days ago, in terms of real world impact."

It remains to be seen whether the Drug Enforcement Administration will crack down on medical marijuana users.

Michael J. Sullivan, Webmaster
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