Washington, DC (June 6, 2005) – “If our Constitution means anything, it should mean that the ''war on drugs'' cannot be made to be a war on the quality of life of chronically or terminally ill Americans. Sadly, the federal government embraces and promotes a constitutional regime that enables federal law enforcement to enforce policies which add to patients’ pain contrary to state laws and fundamental notions of federalism. Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause may be broad, but it should not exercised blindly or heartlessly to preempt the will of the citizens of the several states. To paraphrase Justice John Paul Stevens and the majority today, we sincerely hope that the voices of voters allied with proponents of compassionate marijuana policies may one day be heard in the halls of Congress as they are in the statehouses.”
An electronic copy of NACDL’s friend-of-the-court brief in Raich, which was joined by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the NORML Foundation, the Washington State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) may be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com.
Barbara Bergman, Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law--Albuquerque, is the President Elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Laywers. NACDL was an amicus curiae in Gonzales v. Raich.
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