Years of Struggle: The DEA vs. Doctors and Patients
5, 1996, five million California residents voted for and passed
Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act. This Tuesday marks the
five-year anniversary of the monumental decision by California residents
to let doctors, not police officers, decide on appropriate medication for
individual patients. Despite a growing nationwide consensus that marijuana
is a safe medicinal herb, the DEA still vilifies the plant and federal
agents continue to target patient-users.
concerning marijuana as medication greeted Proposition 215, and debate
continues to rage on as an issue of state’s rights vs. federal control.
A tragic episode in this struggle recently erupted as federal agents
raided the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center (LACRC), confiscating
medical marijuana and patient’s records. The victims in this struggle
are genuinely ill people, whose access to necessary medicine is impeded
and whose rights as patients are violently trampled. Ironically, federal
actions such as those perpetrated at the LACRC merely force seriously ill
patients to the black market for their medication.
federal government should quit treating sick people as the enemy," says
Attorney Richard Glen Boire of the Center
for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
(CCLE), adding, “A person has a
liberty interest in making important decisions concerning his or her own
mind and body.” The CCLE advocates respect for the decisions of doctors
and patients who are acting under state law, and calls on the federal
government to re-examine its extremist policies with respect to marijuana.
Zara Gelsey, Director of Communications;
Center for Cognitive Liberty &
Telephone & Fax: 530-750-7912
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