Aschroft Appeals Conant Decision to US Supreme Court

July 09, 2003

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On Monday, the Solicitor General of the U.S. filed papers in the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that the Court overturn the 9th Circuit's unanimous decision in Conant v. Walters, which supports a doctor's right to openly recommend or approve marijuana as treatment for their patients. By taking this action, the Solicitor General seeks to allow Ashcroft's Justice Department to investigate any physician who mentions the word "marijuana" to patients and to sanction those who approve it for patient use. "The 9th Circuit's opinion debunks the Justice Department's claims that marijuana has no medical usefulness - citing a large body of medical research to the contrary," says Daniel N. Abrahamson, Director of Legal Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance.

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