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Thursday, March 15, 2007

 

Dying woman loses marijuana appeal

‘A woman whose doctor says marijuana is the only medicine keeping her alive can face federal prosecution on drug charges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The ruling was the latest legal defeat for Angel Raich, a mother of two from Oakland suffering from scoliosis, a brain tumor, chronic nausea and other ailments who sued the federal government pre-emptively to avoid being arrested for using the drug. On her doctor’s advice, Raich eats or smokes marijuana every couple of hours to ease her pain and bolster her appetite. [..]

Raich, 41, began sobbing when she was told of the decision that she was not immune to prosecution and said she would continue using the drug.

“I’m sure not going to let them kill me,” she said. “Oh, my God.”‘




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