Upper Left Coast

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Monday, June 06, 2005

Will the Supreme Court's Medical Pot Decision...

...spell the end of Oregon's Death With Dignity Act? My fair state claims it can make these decisions without federal interference, the Feds' role in controlling medicine notwithstanding.

With today's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the authority of the Feds to regulate marijuana, Ethicist Wesley J. Smith argues that the state's assisted suicide measure is doomed. Through the DwD Act, a terminally-ill patient uses federally-controlled barbituates (prescribed by a doctor) to end his or her life. If the Feds can control marijuana, one might presume that it can do the same with other substances.

In the meantime, the state of Oregon has suspended the medical marijuana cards of more than 10,000 people while it reviews the Supreme Court ruling. (As a side note, do you really think 10,000 Oregon residents have a medical need for marijuana? Me either.)

It will be interesting to see what happens.


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