Pot Smokers

This is one of those issues that I just don’t get, it’s also one that often gets me accused of not really being a conservative.

Court: Patients May Not Use Pot Legally

People who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, overriding medical marijuana statutes in 10 states.

As I said I don’t get it and I don’t see what the problem is. If it helps and I understand that there is evidence that it does then why can’t they just regulate it and offer it up only by prescription just as they do other pain relieving drugs?

Feel free to sound off about it, I know there are plenty of people who disagree with me and maybe one of you can explain your objections logically enough that I might possibly understand.

** Update 6/8

I had someone here at home tell me today that I am wrong on this issue, especially in regards to the Courts ruling. They told me that it is a Federal Law that makes marijuana illegal and that the court was only doing it’s job by ruling to uphold that Federal Law and that the States do not have the right to ignore federal law so this is not a States rights issue.

I find the legal aspects all very confusing and I freely admit my ignorance regarding the law.

But still I believe that there is no logical reasoning for keeping this drug out of the hands of the people who medically need it. I suppose my problem is more with Congress and the law in general than with the Court and it’s ruling.

7 Responses to Pot Smokers

  1. RandyM says:

    I don’t particularly see the issue with this specific substance either, especially when there are much more powerful and dangerous drugs legally available. What is troubling to me about this ruling is the court overstepping state’s rights.

  2. Robert says:

    The one thing I hear the most often is the “slippery slope” argument – which is usually the fallback position when a logical argument against something can be rationally made.

  3. Sherry says:

    but what is the slippery slope argument in this? There are plenty of so called legal drugs which are far more powerful than marijuana.

    You’re absolutely right Randy the States rights issue is huge and the Court has over stepped.

  4. Glen Dean says:

    Congress really needs to address this situation. Marijuana laws are an attack on individual liberty and it is just plain silly to consider kicking in the doors of cancer and AIDS patients and taking away the one thing that eases their pain.

  5. don surber says:

    The problem is Stevens, Ginsburg, et al. If they allow states to control pot, then they undercut their federalization of abortion :-)
    Screw Congress. The people have spoken.

  6. Karlo says:

    I don’t see why the government needs to regulate this part of our lives. If we aren’t harming someone else and we feel that marijuana helps us deal with a disease, why can’t we be trusted to make that decision.

  7. steve says:

    the problem here is that the supreme court is overstepping thier bounds and framing legislaion around the issue. sounds famliar to what the current executive administration is doing with a wide range of other issues. the courts need to be more consistant. there is absolutely no mention of the use of pot for medicinal puposes, recreational or otherwise in the constituion. therefor it is up to the states to draft thier own stautes. moreover, this instance will undoubtedly employed as precedant to secure future framing of issues and adgenda setting.