Medical Marijuana: Supreme Court Justice Regrets Vote on Raich Case 8/26/05

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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens regrets having voted to allow the federal government to enforce the marijuana laws against medical marijuana patients in states where it is legal, he told a meeting of the Clark County Bar Association last week in Las Vegas. A copy of Stevens' speech was obtained by the New York Times Thursday.

"I have no hesitation in telling you that I agree with the policy choice made by the millions of California voters," Stevens said. But given the broader stakes for the power of Congress to regulate commerce, he added, "our duty to uphold the application of the federal statute was pellucidly clear."

Since the court decided the Raich case in June, federal law enforcement officials have raided numerous medical marijuana patients and providers. Those people face stiff sentences under federal marijuana laws and will have no opportunity to argue in their defense that their use or production of the weed was for medicinal purposes.

Stevens was part of a narrow 5-4 majority in the Raich case, where medical marijuana patients Angel Raich and Diane Monson challenged the federal government's ability to prosecute them for acts legal under state law. If Stevens had voted his heart instead of his upholding a broad interpretation of the Interstate Commerce Clause, the legal and political landscape in California and beyond would look much different -- and much better. But he didn't.

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