Angel Raich Goes to Supreme Court on November 29thSan Francisco Bay Area 27 Nov 2004 20:11 GMT
11/29/2004: Angel McClary Raich is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the federal government from cutting off her access to marijuana, which she uses under a doctor's recommendation to treat the physical manifestations of an inoperable brain tumor and wasting disease. In addition to Raich, who is from Oakland, the co-plaintiffs in this case include Diane Monson of Oroville in Butte County, who has severe back pain and muscle spasms, and two caregivers. Both women rely on medicinal use of cannabis in order to make it through each day. The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case on Monday, November 29th, and a decision will likely come in the spring of 2005. The case could affect the legal status of medical marijuana patients all over the United States. California is one of 10 states that now allow people to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, but the federal government has never shown signs of agreeing that the plant has valid medicinal properties.