In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that people whose doctors have prescribed marijuana for medical purposes can be arrested and prosecuted, overriding medicinal marijuana statutes in 10 states. The decision does not allow individual state laws to protect medical marijuana users from a federal ban on marijuana.
The case, Gonzales v. Raich, involved California residents Angel Raich and Diane Monson who suffer from a variety of serious medical conditions and sought to avail themselves of medical marijuana pursuant to the terms of the Compassionate Use Act.
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