I’ll tell you what pisses me off about the Supreme Court’s decision in regards to medical marijuana: everyone’s treating it as if the court were making a decision regarding medical marijuana.
As if Justice Thomas and O’Connor spent three hours last Monday giggling behind the bench ripping through bags of Dorritos while Reihnquist declared, “As Chief Justice, I find this stank weed to be some primo shit!” Meanwhile, Kennedey and Stevens were running around the Court with giant bottles of Febreeze, chastising the Chief Justice for being a lazy homebody whose grades, written decisions, and sex drive had tanked after starting to smoke the ganja for his “joint pain.”
Folks, this wasn’t about the SCOTUS saying is medical marijuana was good or bad, it was about the SCOTUS defining the power of congress to regulate marijuana. On one side, people are arguing that small amounts of marijuana grown for medicinal purposes are unlikely to cross state lines and therefore become interstate commerce, while on the other side people are arguing that growing a generally outlawed drug such as marijuana in one state is likely to find its way into another state in exchange for money. Consequently, Justices that tend to have a more conservative interpretation of the Constitution like Thomas, Rehnquist, and O’Connor sided with Raich et al. while more liberal justices like Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsberg, Breyer, and Scalia voted for Gonzales.
In fact, even though Justice Stevens wrote the decision, “against medical marijuana,” he acknowledges “troubling facts” that lead me to believe that he might personally support medical marijuana, this is a case ultimately about federal power rather than medical marijuana itself. So I really wish that clowns such as Calvina Fay from Drug Free America would stop pretending that the Supreme Court has decided that, “yep, Mary Jane really is the weed of Satan!”
See here: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=320190
Likewise, stupid bloggers such as this one should stop pretending that the six Justices in the majority only did it because, just like Eric Cartman, they hate dirty hippies and they want to punish users of medical marijuana because they get themselves off late at night watching tapes of people suffering in hospital beds in agony.
All that the Court said was that this was indeed a legislative issue at Federal levels. Thanks, and that’s all folks. I should talk some more about how the idea that a single pot plant grown in central Wyoming is the subject of control of interstate commerce by congress is absolutely idiotic, but that’s a whole 'nother thread. Why if I were a Supreme Court Justice…