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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Gonzales v. Raich
Gonzales v. Raich

Decided June 6, 2005

No. 03-1454

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/000/03-1454.html

Decision

Under the constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, Congress has the authority to prohibit the cultivation and medical use of marijuana, even when the marijuana is locally grown and not sold across state lines.

Background

In 1996 California voters approved a ballot initiative that allowed seriously ill residents to gain access to marijuana for medical use. Marijuana is illegal for general use, but many medical experts believe it has great medical value in relieving pain and nausea and increasing appetite for those who suffer certain cancers and other diseases, including glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. Under the California law doctors, patients, and those who cultivate marijuana were exempted from state antidrug laws when their use or handling of marijuana ...

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