Freedom and Bodily Autonomy
for Medical Marijuana.
July 19, 2016. Oral
arguments for the Human Rights Legal case of Wilson v. Lynch at the 9th
Circuit Court of the United States of America, Browning Federal Court House in
San Francisco, California on Thursday morning, July 21, 2016.
Moving into its 5th year, the case tests the first, second,
fourth and fifth amendments of the US Constitution for a woman who is
registered with a medical marijuana card. 60% of Americans approve the legal
use of cannabis per Gallup polls. The
plaintiff contends that all people have a right to free speech, their choice of
health care and basic rights of protection, including from undue process. The
case brings to the forefront more than just one Washington woman’s ‘right to
choose’ in a contentiously ‘medically legal’ cannabis state.
Medical cannabis has been
known since ancient times to have positive health effects. 25 US states have regulated its medical use. Even
with this approval, patients who may or may not be using medical
marijuana/cannabis are still categorized as criminals. The federal law classifies cannabis as a dangerous
drug similar to opiates, despite research clearly showing its multiple
benefits. ‘Patients are out of
Patience.’ Even with the legalization of medical cannabis, discrimination
continues. In the case of Wilson v. Lynch, the defendants egregiously violated
the fifth amendment, contending the plaintiff is an “unlawful user” of a
controlled substance. She was deprived of her rights to secure a firearm for
A more pressing problem is
the rising number of people addicted to opioids and the drug’s effects on the
population. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, opioid
addiction includes the use of the illicit drug heroin and prescription pain
relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine and fentanyl. Over
259 million prescriptions per year are written for opioids. This number is more
than enough to provide each American a bottle of prescription opiate pills.
More information about the
case can be found http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/calendar/view.php?hearing=July%20-%20James%20R.%20Browning%20U.S.%20Courthouse,%20San%20Francisco&dates=18-22&year=2016.
Attorney of Record: firstname.lastname@example.org