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Running head: GONZALES V. RAICH CASE BRIEF
Gonzales v. Raich Case Brief
GONZALES V. RAICH CASE BRIEF
Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005)
To begin with, California is one of the states that legalize the partial use of marijuana for
medical purposes under the Compassionate Use Act. This act exempts the physicians, patients,
and caregivers who possess marijuana for any medical use as recommended by a certified
physician from criminal prosecution. Angel Raich and Diane Monson, both California residents,
used marijuana for medical purposes as recommended by their physicians. In other words,
according to their medics, there was no other alternative that could be used to relieve pain in the
two patients other than marijuana (Gonzales v. Raich, 2005). Monson grew her marijuana and
consumed it in multiple ways, including smoking or vaporizing it.
On the other hand, Raich could not cultivate her marijuana, and she, therefore, relied on
two caregivers who supplied her with the drug free of charge. On 15th August 2002, the
California County deputy sheriff, alongside agents from the Federal Drug Enforcement
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