Gonzales v. Oregon
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|Gonzales v. Oregon|
|Court||U.S. Supreme Court|
|Citation||546 U.S. 243 (2006)|
126 S.Ct. 904 (2006)
|Date decided||January 17, 2006|
|Appealed from||U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit|
Oregon made physician assisted suicide legal. Attorney General John Ashcroft issued an Interpretive Rule announcing his intent to restrict the use of controlled substances for physician assisted suicide, pursuant to the congressional Controlled Substances Act.
Whether the Controlled Substances Act allows the Attorney General to prohibit doctors from prescribing regulated drugs for use in physician-assisted suicide.
Judgment for Oregon.
Deference is only warranted when it appears that Congress delegated authority to the agency generally to make rules carrying the force of law, and that the agency interpretation claiming deference was promulgated in the exercise of that authority.
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