Doesn’t Angel Raich have a right to life?

Press release today from the Marijuana Policy Project (h/t FoM):

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In consultation with her legal team, medical marijuana patient Angel Raich has decided not to pursue further appeals in her litigation seeking the right to protect her life and health through the use of medical marijuana. Lawyers will file a notice of dismissal today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, but Raich and her supporters emphasized that her struggle will continue.

“I’m not a quitter, so this was a hard decision,” Raich said. “But I’ve lost all faith in the judicial system. Right now I need to concentrate on my health. Because my brain tumor is beginning to cause damage to the nerves, I will need to undergo radiation treatment and focus on my recovery, but as soon as I’ve recovered I am going to get back to work on taking the fight to Congress.”

“Upon analysis, the avenues left to us did not look fruitful,” said Robert Raich, attorney for the plaintiffs. “It’s a sorry commentary that right now we simply cannot depend on the courts to uphold fundamental rights, even the right to life.”

On March 14, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Angel Raich’s appeal for protection against federal arrest, based on her doctors’ testimony that medical marijuana is essential for her survival. The court left open the possibility that she could successfully raise a medical necessity defense were she to be arrested.

“The battle to protect medical marijuana patients like Angel isn’t ending. It’s simply moving to another playing field — Congress,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., which has supported and helped to fund Raich’s litigation.

Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged that Angel Raich had made “strong arguments … that marijuana does have valid therapeutic purposes” and expressed hope that those arguments “may one day be heard in the halls of Congress.” MPP estimates that Congress will be taking up legislation this summer — the fifth summer in a row — to prohibit the U.S. Justice Department from spending taxpayer money to arrest medical marijuana patients and providers in the 12 states where medical marijuana is legal.


4 Responses to “Doesn’t Angel Raich have a right to life?”

  1. Todd Says:

    If Angel Raich has an inoperable brain tumor she would not have a myspace bragging how “she enjoys being sexy” ( She is a complete and utter phony. I have seen people with brain tumors and they are not her. I know how brutal brain tumors are and she DOES NOT HAVE ONE. She is a liar and fink. She should thank her lucky stars she does not have a brain tumor. Also, the last thing she would give a shit about if she in fact had a brain tumor would be the legalization of marijuana. Inoperable brain tumors do not let you travel to the supreme court, do not let you hold press conferences, do not let you go on news shows. Oh, and her well published hospital pictures are fakes to. I bullshit on Angel Raich.

  2. whig Says:

    You are completely out to lunch, Todd.

  3. Todd Says:

    Whig, you are out to lunch. Have you ever seen a brain tumor patient?

  4. whig Says:

    Yes, including Angel Raich.

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