The Right Coast

November 29, 2004
Ashcroft v. Raich
By Mike Rappaport

Take a look at Larry Solum's impressive account of today's oral argument at the Supreme Court on medical marijuana. This is a potentially important case concerning the Court's federalism jurisprudence. If the Supreme Court holds that the federal government does not have power to regulate homegrown medical marijuana, then this may suggest that there are real limits on the federal government's power. Even more clearly, if the Supreme Court holds that the feds can impose the regulation, then the federalism cases are just unimportant symbols.