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photoThe U.S. Supreme Court heard yesterday oral arguments on whether or not the federal government has a constitutional authority to arrest patients in states that allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to them.

Patients say they need it to take the edge off their pain. The federal government says allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana could open the door too wide to a black market in pot and to the legalization of other drugs.

Tune in to hear about the case for and against medical marijuana, and drugs in America.

Guests:

David Evans, executive director of the Drug Free Schools Coalition, author of an amicus brief in support of the Justice Department, author of many books on the legal aspects of substance abuse

Robert Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, which funded the plaintiff's case yesterday in front of the Supreme Court. He has testified before the California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio and Washington state legislatures about medical marijuana.

Angel Raich, plaintiff in the case in front of the Supreme Court, suffers several medical conditions and uses marijuana to alleviate her pain

Mark A.R. Kleiman, professor of policy studies and director of the Drug Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, author of Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control.

This program aired on November 30, 2004.

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