Ruling on marijuana gets media fired up

The Supreme Court's widely anticipated, but controversial, ruling that users of marijuana for medicinal purposes were in violation of federal law lit up the media.

The Supreme Court's widely anticipated, but controversial, ruling that users of marijuana for medicinal purposes were in violation of federal law lit up the media.

Commentators were mostly critical of the ruling, calling it a blow to states' rights. Most stories noted that the high court's ruling seemed apologetic, urging Congress to revisit marijuana laws. Many also speculated that medicinal marijuana use would continue, noting that state law-enforcement agencies do not plan to enforce the federal law.

Most frequent messages

1. The ruling will not stop the medicinal use of marijuana

2. Congress should revisit laws regarding the use of marijuana for medical purposes

3. The ruling is a blow for states' rights

4. The ruling does nothing but hurt ailing patients. It will not impact the drug dealers

5. Going after medicinal users is a waste of already limited federal law-enforcement resources

Based on 35 stories from web versions of print and broadcast US media outlets appearing June 7-9

Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International

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