June 06, 2005

Raich Roundup.

Well, since I just got home from work, the "power" bloggers are already all over this one. My initial take on the Raich ruling, based on what I heard on the radio news driving home from work, is this is a further abomination of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, but, sadly, it doesn't surprise me. The logic that says that if a particular class of good is traded in interstate commerce, then any commerce in such goods, even if not interstate, gives the feds the right to regulate it, is contrary to what I belive the Commerce Clause means. If an item does not pass in interstate commerce, the feds have nothing to say about it. That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it.

First off, some news links from The Claire Files Board:

Supreme Court allows prosecution of medical marijuana [CNN]
Cleveland Plain Dealer [registration required]
Discussion at The Firing Line

Of course, there's a chain of posts on the Raich ruling over at The Volokh Conspiracy.

The Ruling itself (PDF 478K)
Last One Speaks has more links.

It's been over 20 years since I smoked pot. But now I want to get stoned for the sake of civil disobedience.

I guess the really sad thing is that this isn't a surprise. Sure, we had our hopes up. And for that reason it's got me bummed out. But nobody should be surprised that SCOTUS toed the line of Wickard v. Filburn.

And a link to myself, linking to everyone else, about the Linkage between Raich and the Stewart case.

(Cross-posted from FreedomSight)

Posted by Jed at June 6, 2005 07:42 PM

That damn commerce clause. Now its even more of a blank check than it ever was.

My constitutional history professor said once that "When trying to predict Supreme Court decisions, remember that the government always gets its money." Or if it's a chance to gain wider control, that too.

Posted by: annika at June 14, 2005 08:45 AM
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