On January 17, 2006, the US Supreme Court upheld an Oregon law that permitted assisted suicide in certain cases. The Court determined that the Controlled Substances Act does not prevent the distribution of certain lethal drugs used in the implementation of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. This case is also notable as the first case heard under Chief Justice John Roberts. Since 2006, two other states have legalized assisted suicide in certain cases: Washington and Montana. The issue continues to be a contentious one in the US and around the world.
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