Monday, June 06, 2005

Don't bogart the Cheetos, Justice Thomas

Clarence Thomas, dissenting in today's Supreme Court decision upholding the federal government's right to prosecute users of medical marijuana, courtesy of

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.
Certainly no evidence from the founding suggests that "commerce" included the mere possession of a good or some purely personal activity that did not involve trade or exchange for value. In the early days of the Republic, it would have been unthinkable that Congress could prohibit the local cultivation, possession, and consumption of marijuana.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smoke 'em if ya got 'em, before the Commerce Clause nets you, too.

Suggested reading for Blog Overlord:

(Wait, I thought Dean was supposed to work his fundraising magic on the DNC and unite the party, not divide it, with his grassroots appeal?)

(That's by Barry Posen, who is no softie, limp-wristed metrosexual wonk, but a specialist in understanding the nuances of transnational terror networks)

(continuing followup on a belief I've long held: John Forbes Kerry was given an Other than Honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy... But he's a hero-- Fester... The Navy disagreed, during the Vietnam War no less... Thanks, Iowa!)

From the N.Y. Sun:

"Mr. Kerry has said, 'I applied to Harvard, Boston University, and Boston College. I was extremely late. Only BC would entertain a late application.'

It is hard to see why Mr. Kerry had to file an "extremely late" application since he lost the congressional race in Lowell, Mass., the first week of November 1972 and was basically doing nothing until he entered law school the following September of 1973. A member of the Harvard Law School admissions committee recalled that the real reason Mr. Kerry was not admitted was because the committee was concerned that because Mr. Kerry had received a less than honorable discharge they were not sure he could be admitted to any state bar."

And finally, this gem from the White House:

Nut graf:
"Too many of our citizens suffer from pain and chronic illnesses. Smoking illegal drugs may make some people 'feel better.' However, civilized societies and modern day medical practices differentiate between inebriation and the safe, supervised delivery of proven medicine by legitimate doctors."

Despite the Leave it to Beaver in-quoting of "feel better" (no shit pot makes you feel better), one should stifle the notion to guffaw when remembering that most modern narcotic medications derive from the opium poppy.

Not that somiferum has caused many drug problems in the world, especially addiction.

3:23 PM


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