Editorials, Opinion Piece Address Supreme Court Decision on Medical Marijuana
Below, California Healthline compiles reaction from newspapers to Monday's Supreme Court ruling that medical marijuana is not legal under federal law.
Los Angeles Times: "Unless the president and Congress wish to appear (even more) cruel and stupid, they should trump the Supreme Court," a Times editorial states (Los Angeles Times, 6/7).
- Nick Gillespie, Los Angeles Times: The Supreme Court's ruling "was widely expected, but that doesn't make it defensible from a legal or moral perspective," Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason magazine, writes in a Times opinion piece (Gillespie, Los Angeles Times, 6/7).
San Diego Union-Tribune: The effect of the ruling "will likely be to merely maintain the status quo, in which medical marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but most patients who continue to use it in states like California will be protected," according to a Union-Tribune editorial (San Diego Union-Tribune, 6/7).
- San Francisco Chronicle: The U.S. Supreme Court decision "was a setback for thousands of patients who live in states where the residents thought they had legalized medical marijuana," a Chronicle editorial states (San Francisco Chronicle, 6/7).
- USA Today: "[S]urely federal prosecutors and drug-control agents have better things to do than swoop down on critically ill people who are abiding by state law and haul them off to court," a USA Today editorial states (USA Today, 6/7).