United States v. Linder

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In Linder v. United States, 268 U.S. 5 (1925), the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a conviction of a physician for violating laws against narcotics. The Court found a lack of authority for the position that a physician acting in good faith and pursuant to fair medical standards may be convicted for giving moderate amounts of drugs to a patient to relieve drug addiction problems.

This precedent is often cited for its statement that "[o]bviously, direct control of medical practice in the States is beyond the power of the Federal Government." 268 U.S. at 18.