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Criminal Law Keyed to Gershowitz
United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative and Jeffrey Jones
Citation:532 U.S. 483, 121 S.Ct.1711, 149 L.Ed.2d 722.
The District Court granted an injunction to prevent the Cooperative and its executive director, Jeffrey Jones, from distributing and manufacturing marijuana as it violated the Controlled Substances Act’s prohibitions on distributing, manufacturing, and possessing a controlled substance. The Cooperative argued that it was doing so out of a medical necessity. Marijuana is the only drug, according to the Cooperative, that can alleviate the severe pain and other debilitating symptoms of the Cooperative’s patients. The Court of Appeals reversed. The United States appealed, and the case is now in the Supreme Court.
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