The two plaintiffs in the medical marijuana case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday say they will defy the ruling and continue to smoke pot, even at the risk of arrest by federal authorities.
“I’m going to have to be prepared to be arrested,” said Diane Monson, who smokes marijuana several times a day to relieve back pain.
Monson, 48, of Oroville, was prescribed marijuana by her doctor in 1997 after standard prescription drugs didn’t work or made her sleepy. She is battling degenerative spine disease.
“I’m way disappointed. There are so many people that need cannabis,” Monson said.
“If I stop using cannabis, unfortunately, I would die,” said Raich, who estimates her marijuana intake to be about nine pounds a year.
Raich, 39, suffers from scoliosis, a brain tumor, chronic nausea and other problems. She said she uses marijuana every few waking hours, on the advice of her doctor, who said dozens of other medications were of little help.
I am disappointed on a personal level. I live in Montana, which recently passed a medical marijuana law, and I suffer from Fibromyalgia, Ankalosing Spondylitis, IBS and Chronic Fatigue. My doctors have run out of options to treat me. I am going to try the marijuana pill next, but if that didn’t work I was considering trying smoking Marijuana. You see nothing relieves my intense back and neck spasms caused by Fibromyalgia. This is the only thing I have left open to me. Now it is gone unless I wish to be a criminal.
Some people don’t believe in the benefits of non-traditional treatments. I used to be one of them till I tried radon health mines. I found sitting in one for 3 hours a day over a ten day period temporarily cures my Chronic Fatigue. I went in as a complete skeptic, but now I know it works. Maybe smoking marijuana would work as well. I only have one way to find out and that is to try it.
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said he was disappointed with the ruling, but not surprised, and that “people shouldn’t panic … there aren’t going to be many changes.”
Local and state officers handle nearly all marijuana prosecutions and must still follow any state laws that protect patients.
“Nothing is different today than it was two days ago, in terms of real world impact,” Lockyer said. “There’s a California law which conflicts with the federal law. Federal law treats heroin and marijuana the same, which is illogical.”
Well that is mildly good news for Californian’s anyway.
Today’s previous article on the decision.