Monday, May 14, 2001

The Supreme Court this morning unanimously ruled against giving marijuana to patients who prove that it is a medical necessity. What I found interesting is that the court did not question the medical necessity aspect.

What they looked at was simply "whether there is a medical necessity exception to these prohibitions." According to the decision, written by Justice Thomas, "We hold that there is not."

In other words, a very strict by-the-letter reading of the law, that leads them to, "We know you're sick, and we know marijuana will help, but policy says we can't let you have it."

By sheer coincidence, yesterday we had finally seen "Traffic." Very good movie (but not without a few problems), the point of which seemed to be, "Drugs are really bad, but there's not a damn thing we can do about it."

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