Monday, June 06, 2005

States Have No More Rights...

...and the vote of the American people no longer count for anything, not just general elections.

Again, we see that the so called "conservatives" who supposedly stand for less government are once again interfering with a State's right to make and enforce their own legislation...Reuters Article

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The federal government has the power to prevent sick patients from smoking home-grown marijuana that a doctor recommended to relieve their chronic pain, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a setback for the medical marijuana movement.

The high court ruled that a federal law outlawing marijuana applied to two seriously ill California women, even though California is one of at least nine states that allow medical use of marijuana.

Justice John Paul Stevens said for the court majority that the federal law, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, was a valid exercise of federal power by the Congress "even as applied to the troubling facts of this case."

First, it was the tragic case of Terri Shaivo that Bush and his Republican bullies thought to interfere with. Even after every judge declined to overturn the State of Florida's judiciary, Jeb Bush had the audacity to spit on the judges' orders and send state troopers to the hospice to collect Terri...against judges' orders! That is showing severe contempt for the laws of this country. Attempting to overrule a State's judiciary by the Federal government is also a breach of State's right as spelled out within US law and is also unconstitutional, not to mention that writing legislation that only benefits one family (the Shindler's) out of the hundreds of millions of citizens of the United States could be construed as a bit off..

Michael Shaivo was demonized in the press by all with the exception of one small article in the Washinton Post that made us aware that he was the darling son in law of the Shindlers' until he refused to share the money a judge awarded him after Terri's heart attack...that's when the Shindlers started the campaign to take custody of Terri...only after they did not get money from Terri's settlement.

Sad how all the loudest voices in that one seemed to have a motive...Delay wanted to distract attention from his bad press, Bush wanted to distract from real business, Frist makes a medical prognosis from a video tape on a person he has never seen, in a field of medicine alien to him (I'd be afraid to have someone like that as my doctor) and the man who took his son to protest and allowed his son to be arrested is actually a registered sex offender. Remember the Republican memo that said Terri's case would be a boon for the Evangelical vote and all those who desperately tried to spin it as bogus? It wasn't bogus after all was it?

Now the Bush administration has sought to overturn a law passed in Californis (and other states) that allows for the strict use of marijuana for severly ill patients. Some of these patients have had their homes raided and been threatened with jail time. Does this do justice for any of us? Not in the real world. Just like the Shaivo intervention, this is meant to play to the extremist Christian Right and it does not hold the needs, wants or desires of any other American to light. Bush has no problem sending our family and friends to die in his war-of-choice but he will not allowed embryos slated for disposal to be used to find CURES for awful diseases, either...another cause most Americans approve of.

The ruling was a victory for the Bush administration, which appealed to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court in California said that marijuana used for medical purposes was different from drug trafficking.

Justice O'Conner nailed it, supported by Clarence Thomas and Rehnquist, himself...

Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Clarence Thomas dissented.

"This case exemplifies the role of states as laboratories," O'Connor wrote.
"Relying on Congress' abstract assertions, the court has endorsed making it a federal crime to grow small amounts of marijuana in one's own home for one's own medicinal use," she said. "This overreaching stifles an express choice by some states ... to regulate medical marijuana differently."


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