SCOTUS has ruled that the individual use of medical marijuana is unconstitutional. This decision invalidates the laws of 10 states that have decided to allow medicinal marijuana use under a doctor’s supervision.
This decision represents the most heinous vomit the Supreme Court has yet spewed forth. First, and most significantly, the Court has no authority to control the actions of two individuals in CA. These women grow their own personal supply in their own backyard. They adhere to state law. They don’t transport their bud across state lines for profit. Therefore, if anything, SCOTUS should have declared that any Congressional interference with these laws would be unconstitutional.
But alas, in a move that dramatically strengthens the power of the federal government at the expense of states’ rights, the court has decided that the federal statute outlawing marijuana takes precedent over any state declaration. Fabulous. What’s next? If the feds decide that all police officers should cluck like a chicken before mirandizing a criminal, will the states be helpless to say, “hell no!’?
In his majority opinion, Stevens says that Congress could pass legislation permitting the use of medical marijuana. Great. I love Congress and everything, but they have no right to butt in if my cousin wants to grow a marijuana plant or two to stimulate his appetite when it’s been destroyed by the ravages of HIV. Congress should be concerned about issues of national and international importance, not whether my neighbor has a plant and smokes a blunt in his own home every now and then.
Really. I’m disgusted.
Particularly when international medicinal research is slowly uncovering the health benefits of cannabis.
UPDATE Instapundit has more coverage.