Yet another defeat for state rights, as the Supreme Court rules 6-3 against homegrown Pot for medical use being legal. Another defeat for voters rights, and a crushing blow for those against federal interference in issues that should not have federal involvement. The 10th amendment gets forgotten yet again.
Nah. The voters just need to go through Congress to get the changes made.
Originally posted by CNN.com"Congress' power to regulate purely activities that are part of an economic 'class of activities' that have a substantial effect on interstate commerce is firmly established," wrote Justice John Paul Stevens for the majority. ... The decision means that federal anti-drug laws trump state laws that allow the use of medical marijuana, said CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Ten states have such laws.
"If medical marijuana advocates want to get their views successfully presented, they have to go to Congress; they can't go to the states, because it's really the federal government that's in charge here," Toobin said.
The Controlled Substances Act prevents the cultivation and possession of marijuana, even by people who claim personal "medicinal" use. The government argues its overall anti-drug campaign would be undermined by even limited patient exceptions.
While I don't agree that medicinal marijuna should be banned, I DO agree that if changes are to be made, they will need to be made at the Federal Level.
I actually had completely forgotten about this story after it was buried by the media during the summer, but it looks like Berger is taking the blame for it: Good. I hope he gets the maximum sentence. EDIT: