Thursday, June 16, 2005

Getting High With Clarence Thomas in New Mexico

In the recent Gonzales v. Raich case, it was ruled by SCOTUS that the U.S. government can arrest people who use marijuana under a doctor's orders, in states that allow for medical marijuana use, even if the marijuana was produced in that state. This violates what we in Godless Unamerican Liberal-Land like to call "The Constitution."

In a moving dissent, Clarence Thomas (!) noted

Respondents Diane Monson and Angel Raich use marijuana that has never been bought or sold, that has never crossed state lines, and that has had no demonstrable effect on the national market for marijuana. If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything--and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.

Meanwhile, in New Mexico, a group of mushroom-users are probably getting ready for a federal raid, since

The state Court of Appeals says growing hallucinogenic mushrooms is not banned under New Mexico’s law against manufacturing an illegal drug.
Since this will probably hit the Supremes in a few years, I wonder if we can look forward to Clarence Thomas becoming a hippie icon.


Blogger boredoom said...

I'll be darned! Thomas really is a libertarian.

12:35 PM  
Blogger JamesDiG said...

It's actually starting to seem that way, as this dissent and his dissent on the recent eminent domain case show...I think he may have matured a great deal over his years on the court. THat does tend to happen to justices...

6:33 PM  

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