High Court Won’t Hear Medical Marijuana Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announce Monday that it will not review the controversial California law that allows for the use of medical marijuana.

The decision by the Supreme Court essentially affirms that state court’s ruling that marijuana used for medicinal purposes in the state does not the federal drug ban, according to Fox News.

California’s Compassionate Use Act, passed in 1996, allows for the infirm and their caregivers to “possess, cultivate and transport” marijuana if it is for medicinal use. California is one of 13 states with limited marijuana laws.

The current case was brought forth by San Diego lawmakers who argued that the law is contrary to federal efforts to limit the cultivation and use of illegal drugs. “It is inevitable that marijuana originally grown for medicinal use will fall into the hands of recreational drug users,” the group wrote.

The Supreme Court has twice heard cases on medical marijuana. In Gonzales v. Reich, the Court ruled that simple cultivation falls within interstate commerce. In United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Co-op, the Court ruled that marijuana has no medicinal purpose unless Congress passes an act saying as much.


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