Monday, June 06, 2005
Gonzales v. Raich -- medical marijuana case
The Supreme Court's decision about the use of medical marijuana is all over the news right now. The majority held that the federal government, under the Commerce Power, trumps state laws allowing the use of medical marijuana, even when the state laws don't allow the growers to barter or sell it. I haven't had time to digest it, yet, so I have very little to add at the moment. However, you can read Gonzales v. Raich, docket number 03-1454 here. (Sorry, I don't have a proper reporter citation, yet.) You can also read a very interesting, detailed analysis by Professor Lawrence Solum here. All I can say at this point is that the opinion seems to have implications for states' rights.