Thursday, January 05, 2006

Medical Research Community Argues For Medical Marijuana

The Journal of the American Medical Association, one of the top publications in the medical research community published an article by Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD, an attorney from the Georgetown Law center, in their current issue. The article attacks the current federal drug laws as interference in the practice of medicine.

Gostin examines the case of Gonzalez v. Raich in which the federal government re-affirmed its right to prosecute medical marijuana patients. He explains that the case raises questions about the degree to which the federal government has the power to regulate medical substances and proposes that drugs with potential medical benefits should be regulated by specialized health agencies, not the Controlled Substances Act.

Gostin argues that our unique system of American Federalism is being weakened by the federal government’s interference in the practice of medicine. To access the entire article, visit


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