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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years TUESDAY JUNE 7 2005 FIFTY CENTS Supreme Court overrides states medicalpot laws Ruling says feds can prosecute people who use medicinal marijuana By GINA HOLLAND The Associated Press WASHINGTON People who smoke marijuana because their doctors recom mend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws the Supreme Court ruled Monday overriding medicalmarijuana statutes in 10 states The courts 63 decision was filled with sympathy for two seriously ill California women who brought the case but the majority agreed that federal agents may arrest even sick people who use the drug as well as the people who grow pot for them Justice John Paul Stevens an 85yearold cancer survivor said the court was not passing judgment on the potential medical benefits of marijuana and he noted the troubling facts in the case However he said the Constitution allows federal regulation of homegrown marijuana as interstate commerce The Bush administration has taken a hard stand against state medical marijuana laws but it was unclear how it would respond to the new pros ecutorial power Justice Department spokesman John Nowacki would not say whether prosecutors would pursue cases against individual users In a dissent Justice Sandra Day OConnor said the courts overreach ing stifles an express choice by some states concerned for the lives and lib erties of their people to regulate medi cal marijuana The women who brought the case expressed defiance Im just going to keep doing what Im doing I dont really have a choice but to because if I stop using cannabis I would said Angel Raich of Oak Please see POT Page A4 INSIDE States medicalpot advocates wont give up Questions and answers about high courts ruling Marijuana is undergoing tests for many medical uses Other Supreme Court rulings Page A3 Angel Raich examines cannabis buds at her home Monday in Oakland Calif Raich and Diane Monson sued Attorney General John Ashcroft asking for a court order letting them use marijuana without fear of arrest by federal authorities The Associated Press River deaths prompt review of rafting policy Katriy De La New Mexican Ratters paddle their way through white water on the Rio Grande during a recent run down the runoffswolten river Two deaths In the past week have led rafting outfitters and government officials to evaluate safety issues By JOHN SENA The New Mexican The recent deaths of two rafters in the surging Rio Grande have prompted some riverrafting outfit ters to review their poli cies and led government agencies to talk about more stringent training for river guides However it wasnt immediately clear what might be done to reduce the dan gers in an inherently risky activity Carolyn Whalen a 61yearold from Heber City Utah and Airman 1st Class Jacob P Hampson 23 from New York state died within one week of each other when rafts flipped in the Pilar area of the Rio Grande Whalens sister Joyce Kraut of Illi nois was released Monday from a Taos hospital Where she was treated Whalen and Kraut were on a guided tour with Santa Fe Rafting while Hampson was part of a trip sponsored by Kirtland Air Force Bases 377th Ser vice Squadron After police reports that Whalen could not swim Steve Miller owner of New Wave Rafting said his com pany has begun asking clients if they can swim and if they have any medical Rio Grande flows 3MO Water now as measured at the Taos unction bridge near Taos NM Water flow peaked on May 27 2005 2WOS OS Please see RAFTING Page A4 source uses Alexander New Mexican Newspaper undergoes a colorful evolution The New Mexican Our readers deserve the best Thats why start ing today you will find improved features in your Santa Fe New Mexican Check out our new color weather page on the back of the local section Page C6 Weather is important and our new weather page has a sevenday forecast expanded rainfall statistics from around Northern New Mexico and a number of other special features Check out our new clas sifieds now in their own sec tion with more color adver tisements Looking for an apartment a job or a great deal on a used car You can find it all in the classifieds PageE1 Check out our color com ics Page D4 Everybody loves a good laugh and we are proud to bring our read ers color comics every day Check out our business section beginning on Page Dl with more daily news and a condensed look at the days activities on Wall Street Weve reduced the num ber of stock and mutual fund listings but you can find that information at stocks And finally one of our most popular sections Health and Science is mov ing from Monday to Satur day And theres more to come Weve got changes in the works aimed at improving how we deliver the daily news We care about what you want and what you think about the job were doing Let us know what you think about these new changes Contact assistant managing edi tor Mike Cosgrove at 9863024 or by email at [email protected] LANL whistleblower beaten in Cheeks parking lot By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Tommy Ray Hook had boot marks on his He could barely open his swollen mouth at the hospital to tell his wife what had happened In a low mumble he told her someone identifying himself as a Los Alamos National Labora tory auditor had called him at home late Saturday night and arranged to meet him at Cheeks a Santa Fe topless bar on Cerril los Road Hook knew of the auditor through a friend she said They were supposed to have met on Friday but the auditor had been a noshow Hook went to Cheeks on Saturday while his wife was in Albuquerque with their two grown sons It was business she said He was preparing for a congressional investigation tentatively scheduled for late June in Washington and the auditor purported to have key information about fraud at the lab Hook 52 is known at the nuclearweapons lab for tak ing strong stands against fraud and abuse and he has a lawsuit pending against the labs oper ator the University ofCalifpr nia alleging retaliation As the labs former officer in charge of dealing with whistleblower complaints he had access to Please see LANL Page A4 Courtesy photo Lawyers for Tommy Hook released this photograph which they said was made at St Vincent Regional Medical Cen ter Hook remains hospitalized with Injuries after he suf fered in an attack outside a Santa Fe bar INSIDE TODAY Annas C5 Lotteries Business C2 01 Movies C3 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A5 D4 Police notes C2 Crossword C5 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope C5 Sports Bl Local news Cl Stocks D3 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 158 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 Todays forecast Mostly sunny breezy High 85 low 48 Page C6 Todays obituaries John B Rotunno 83 June 4 Mark De La OBaca Santa Fe June 4 Robert G Crosby 91 Georgetown Texas June 4 Sam Chavez 82 Santa Fe June 6 Verleen G Sanchez 43 June 4 Leo G Sanchez 42 San lldefonso Pueblo June 4 Alex Cajete 77 Guachu 5 Page C2 ;