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caIn the spirit of the Lao Tzu and the I Ching, the Supreme Court of the United States has accomplished much by doing nothing. The court let stand lower court rulings on a case appealed by the City of Garden Grove in Orange County, California, whose police force felt that returning medical marijuana (Cannabis) to a patient would put them in conflict with federal law. 

supctsHeadline: Dec 2, 2008 – Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case on Seized Marijuana – The appeal supported by numerous law enforcement organizations and District Attorneys, yet opposed by California’s Attorney General Jerry Brown finally makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the interesting lower court ruling stance that the medical marijuana patient enjoyed a “federally protected property right” to his medicine.

The Reefer Report: Medical Marijuana News for December 3, 2008

Headline: Dec 2, 2008 – Oakland Group Hails Supreme Court Action In Medical Pot“It’s now settled that state law enforcement officers cannot arrest medical marijuana patients or seize their medicine simply because they prefer the contrary federal law.” amsaac– Joseph Elford, chief lawyer for Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana patient advocacy organization that has been involved in this case for three years. ASA is providing PDFs of the legal decisions:

Supreme Court Order Denying Review http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downloads/Kha_USSC.pdf
 Decision by the California Fourth Appellate District Court http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downloads/GardenGroveDecision.pdf

Chapter 19, from Lao Tzu & the Tao Te Ching
oldboyGet rid of “holiness” and abandon “wisdom” and the people will benefit a hundredfold.
Get rid of “altruism” and abandon “Justice” and the people will return to filial piety and compassion.
Get rid of cleverness and abandon profit, and thieves and gangsters will not exist.
See the origin and keep the non-differentiated state.
Lessen selfishness and decrease desire. –
translated by
Charles Muller

Headline: Dec 02, 2008 – City Must Relinquish Seized Medical Pot – This article from San Francisco notes that a similar case from San Diego County may also be heading to the Supreme Court. This case involves the county’s refusal to comply with the issuance of state medical marijuana patient ID cards. 

Back to southern California for this You Tube video from the office of a lawyer specializing in medical marijuana cases further explains the ramifications of the now closed case:US Supreme Court: Pro Medical Pot Ruling Stands

brandiThe makers of our constitution recognized the significance of man’s spiritual nature, of his intellect . . . They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by most civilized men. – Justice Louis Brandeis

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2 Comments

  1. So, let me get this straight. It was Chief Justice Roberts who issued the ruling. Roberts is a Bush appointee. Bush famously said in an interview in 2000 when he ran for President that he would appoint Judges who would “leave it up to the states,” when it came to legalizing marijuana.

    Shouldn’t Bush be getting the credit here for following through on his promise? A, sort of, last minute hurrah! to freedom lovers nationwide.

    Let’s enjoy it while we can. Certainly Obama’s AG Eric Holder doesn’t hold out any promise of being a friend of liberty.

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