Key medical marijuana Supreme Court cases, and states that allow its use
March 26, 2006
Key developments in medical marijuana litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court:
--May 14, 2001: Supreme Court said it was illegal to distribute medical marijuana to sick and dying patients.
--Oct. 14, 2003: Supreme Court let stand a lower court decision saying doctors have a First Amendment right to discuss or recommend marijuana to their patients without the threat or fear of federal sanctions.
--June 6, 2005: Supreme Court ruled that patients in states that permit medical cannabis use are not immune from federal prosecution because marijuana is an illegal narcotic under federal law.
-- Jan. 3, 2006: Rhode Island becomes the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana.
States that permit the medical use of marijuana: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.