Hawaii's U.S. Attorney Says Medical Marijuana 'Finished'

Authorities Prepared To Prosecute Medical Marijuana Users


June 7, 2005


HONOLULU -- The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a setback to the medical use marijuana Monday, ruling that federal laws criminalizing marijuana supersede state laws that allow the drug to be used for certain illnesses. In Hawaii, physicians have prescribed more than 2,500 people marijuana for medical purposes. U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo said the ruling will end that.


"I believe medical marijuana is dead in Hawaii. It's finished. It's gone forever. Congress has decided, according to the court, to make marijuana illegal for all purposes except FDA testing and federal law will preempt state law under those circumstances," Kubo said.




A U.S. Supreme Court decision on medical marijuana signals the end to a state program used by more than 2,500 patients in Hawai'i because doctors who must sign off on the use of the drug can now be prosecuted, U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo said yesterday.


Kubo said his office would not prosecute the medical marijuana smokers, but cautioned that the doctors could be prosecuted on misdemeanor charges as accomplices to the distribution of the marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law.  See more at:


Honolulu Advertiser (HI), Webpage: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Jun/07/ln/ln05p.html


- Links -


Note: From MAP: Perhaps U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo should review Conant. A good review with links to the decision is at



Gonzales v. Raich http://www.angeljustice.org

Drug Policy Forum of Hawai'i http://www.dpfhi.org/


MAPinc Newz Bookmark/s -

- Cannabis as Medicine:  http://www.mapinc.org/mmj.htm (Cannabis - Medicinal)

- the Angel Raich story:  http://www.mapinc.org/topics/Raich (Angel Raich)




ALASKA - AG May Suspend MMJ Registration in Alaska  (Alaska.htm)

CALIFORNIA - Attorney General Lockyer Issues Statement On US Supreme Court's Medical

Marijuana Ruling - "Today's ruling does not overturn California law permitting the use of

medical marijuana”  ( Calif.htm  )

COLORADO - High court twists pot ruling; "As attorney general, I will uphold [Colorado's] medical marijuana law”  ( Colo.htm )

HAWAII - Hawaii's U.S. Attorney Says Medical Marijuana 'Finished'  ( Hawaii.htm )

MONTANA - Montana attorney general says state medical marijuana law is still valid  ( Mont.htm )

NEVADA - Medical marijuana arrests not likely in Nevada, officials say  ( Nevada.htm )

OREGON - Oregon freezes medical pot program  ( Oregon.htm )



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