force to permit. The author doesn't notice how absurd that notion is.
The power to regulate v. the power to prohibit
In a similar case, don't you remember how California forced the United States government to permit state doctors to "recommend" marijuana to their patients?
"California in particular has been at the legal forefront on the issue. A 1996 voter referendum, the Compassionate Use Act, allowed marijuana use by those who receive "the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician."
"Federal health officials had told doctors who recommend or prescribe the substance could risk losing their medical license."
"A federal appeals court ruled against the government, saying in its ruling, "physicians must be able to speak frankly and openly to patients." The Justice Department then appealed to the Supreme Court."
"Supreme Court justices on Tuesday rejected the Bush administration's request to consider whether the federal government can punish doctors for recommending or even discussing the use of marijuana for their patients."