The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on Monday upholding the federal government's right to prosecute users of medical marijuana under the authority of the 70 year old Federal Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana was added to the act many years ago. Only in recent years have doctors prescribed it for persons with terminal and chronic illnesses, and its been partly recognized as a "drug." About 10 states now have legislation allowing its use as a drug. Despite what you or I may feel about sick people smoking marijuana, the Court's ruling and fed's action against it for use by those with serious illness rings of past authoritarian arogance and abuse of power by governments we now espouse. According to this Court ruling and above Federal Act, it would be lawfully permissable for dying people to intake substances such as gasoline, urine, automotive parts, rocks, etc - as long as these substances are not on a "banned" list - or marketed and sold by a company making specific health claims to make one well. In order to do so, that company would have to submit the appropriate clinical results and application materials to the Food and Drug Administration, and wait six months to eight years for FDA permission to market. If you were relying on some new material or drug to prevent your death, the FDA's decision could very well come too late for you. However, in the interim, you are within your legal rights to purchase an assortment of guns to protect you against potential threats, and you may legally consume as much alcohol, tobacco, and junk food as you like in the privary of your home until your final days. Should you wonder why my passionate interest in this matter? I had to undergo a series of brain surgeries following a 1992 auto accident, where doctors implant a CNS shunt device to relieve pressure. Four different shunts were used between 1992 and 1998. Two of the first three were CSN Delta shunts, and oops, the FDA failed to perform its requisite safety oversight and I was harmed. The mfr found it easier to cover up the design flaws than report to the FDA. I lived with these failed shunts for six years (it took me four+ years to discover the cover up, Petition the FDA, and invent a new test system for corrective surgery). The FDA then purposefully allowed Medtronic, the mfr, to escape w/o any criminal investigation. Go Figure! Today Medtronic dominates this market with this same failed CNS shunt technology. In preparing for my 1998 corrective surgery, I selected the French made Orbis Sigma 2 shunt, but was forced to use their older and soon to be discontinued model OSV-1 because the FDA was dragging their feet. The FDA failed me twice, and a third time I did not know was just around the corner. Thousands of CNS shunt users were harmed by the Delta shunt, but its FDA approved! The FDA didn't exist until 1976. Prior to then, if a person were ill, he/she had more freedom in new treatments, and they arrived much faster than today. And in about 1936 or so, prior to the Federal Controlled Substances Act, if you were ill, you had more freedom in choosing substances. As a scientist and an American, I am concerned that these older laws and federal agencies may be moving backwards, rather than forward. Yes, it wasn't long ago that a diagnosis of cancer was certain death, that women were not lawfully permitted to vote, that African Americans were not lawfully permitted in some public places and parts of the military. So when I read of this most unusual federal medical marijuana action that restricts the rights of the sick and dying, albeit thru years old federal legislation, I can't help but think of the dark days of our past and some poorly written federal legislation. Perhaps it is time for Congress to re-evaluate our outdated legislation that restricts the rights of those who may be sick or dying, and even pass a new "Right to Health Choices" Constitutional Amendment, similar to what we have in our Amendment on our "Right to Bear Arms." You may read more on my extraordinary health, FDA, and scientific experiences at www.diaceph.com.