Comments: Miscellany

Anne-
It's funny how Zay Smith of the Sun-Times conveniently forgets to mention that the Clinton Administration in 1998 initiated the actions to shut down the "Cannbis Cooperatives" that sprung up as a result of the 1996 California law. Funny how Smith does not seem to think that administration also allowed "sick women to suffer unncessary pain."

The 1998 Federal government actions led to the 2001 SCOTUS decision (decided 8 to 0) in agreeing with the basic principle that there is no medical necessity exception to the (1970)Controlled Substances Act's prohibitions on manufacturing and distributing marijuana.

Also, while Smith wants to vilify the Bush administration, there is no mention that the majority justices in the Ashcroft (Gonzales) v. Raich decision were the more "left" leaning, democratic Presidential appointees. No mention that that the dissenters were Thomas, Rehnquist, and O'Connor or that the more liberal Justice Stevens authored the opinion.

But I suppose Zay Smith is too busy digging up trivial facts as opposed to doing some basic research. No bias there...

The decision rightly puts the issue back to Congress to amend the CSA to change marijuana's classification or allow for additional exceptions beyond government research projects.

Posted by Col Steve at June 7, 2005 03:23 PM