Red States Weigh In As The Court Goes To Pot

The penalty for smoking pot in Alabama is up to 99 years in prison. But that hasn't stopped the Cotton State--along with Mississippi and Georgia--from siding with California in its battle to keep medical marijuana legal. All three filed briefs supporting Left Coast medipot users before the U.S. Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on Nov. 29 on whether patients can cultivate and possess physician-prescribed cannabis. "We happen to believe California's medical-marijuana policy is misguided," says Alabama solicitor general Kevin Newsom. "But this isn't about the drug war. It's about states' rights."

Besides California, 10 states have legalized medical marijuana since...