June 06, 2005

Federalism is dead

ANd it's been dead for years. Nice ruling by SCOTUS, huh?

As someone who has never smoked pot in my life, you'd think that this ruling doesn't affect me at all, but you'd be dead wrong. Any edict issued by the Supremes that centralizes more power in DC and takes it away from the individual states impacts everyone in this country, and not in a good way. Come to think of it, there isn't really a good way to do that. Excerpt:

Under the Constitution, Congress may pass laws regulating a state's economic activity so long as it involves "interstate commerce" that crosses state borders. The California marijuana in question was homegrown, distributed to patients without charge and without crossing state lines.

Stevens said there are other legal options for patients, "but perhaps even more important than these legal avenues is the democratic process, in which the voices of voters allied with these respondents may one day be heard in the halls of Congress."

The voice of the people has been heard, it's just being ignored, which is business as usual in DC.

Update: Ballon Juice expresses its pique over this nonsensical ruling.

Posted by Physics Geek at June 6, 2005 10:52 AM StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

I thought they were starting to roll back the commerce clause nonsense when they ruled that a Federal ban on firearms within 1000 feet of a school didn't affect interstate commerce about a dozen years ago.

I guess NOTHING'S out of reach now.

Posted by: Harvey at June 7, 2005 10:36 AM