Supreme Court Supports Federal Thugs 5 comments

In Gonzalez V. Raich the US supreme court ruled in favor of the federal thugs, justice department and congress, who would deny individuals living in the land of the supposedly free the authority to grow and use marijuana for medical purposes.
They had an opportunity to fix years of misapplication of the commerce clause and to reaffirm the concepts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as they recently did in Lawrence. They failed.
There is more The Volokh Conspiracy, How Appealing, Scotus Blog and I’m sure all over the media and blogosphere as the day goes on. The full decision is here (PDF).
Update: Information on using so-called democratic means as called out in the opinion can be found at the Marijuana Policy Project site.
Update2: Zombyboy has a somewhat less radical reaction than the above and concludes with:

What we get today is two irrational decisions rolled up in one: the decision to expand commerce control over increasingly non-commercial endeavors and the decision to continue to insist that marijuana is a more dangerous drug than any of the opiates that are commonly prescribed to relieve pain. Sorry, but I just don

5 thoughts on “Supreme Court Supports Federal Thugs

  • ResurrectionSong

    It Ain't About the Drugs

    Except, of course, that it is. At least to some extent. Today's Supreme Court ruling on medicinal marijuana wasn't about marijuana--that just happened to be the substance in question. It was about who has the right--the sta…

  • Pennywit.Com

    But Dude … It’s for Glaucoma …

    The fight went all the way to the high court, but in a blunt opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens saw through the haze and made hash out of arguments …
    I’m sorry. People have glaucoma, and puns are not appropriate.
    In a doobie-us decision …

  • A Stitch in Haste

    On the Gay-Raich Connection

    As a gay blogger/blawger who must relentlessly endure hearing how mob rule the democratic process (as opposed to, um, the plain language of the Constitution) is the source of all governm…

  • (: Tom :)

    You mean the government won’t allow people to grow their own grain to feed their animals? You’ve got to be exagerrating a bit here. Although I’m so confused by the actions of the current junta that I consider the possibility and have to ask the question…

  • Steve

    Well, not entirely exaggertion. That was a reference to the Wickard decision which was the major precedent relied on by Stevens in this opinion.
    Quoting from Reich:
    “The regulations established an allotment of 11.1 acres for Filburn’s 1941 wheat crop, but he sowed 23 acres, intending to use the excess by consuming it on his own farm.”
    In Wickard the court ruled that Filburn could not grow the extra wheat.
    Reading this opinion and the quotes from Wickard is sobering. And frightening. If they wanted to they could regulate your garage sale or any other exchange of goods that you participate in.

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