Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Marijuana and the Commerce Clause

This clip from the 1938 movie "Reefer Madness" shows the prevailing view of the time - that the Federal government had no power to regulate marijuana as "there is no interstate commerce in it."  This clip can be used as a thoughtful introduction to Gonzales v. Raich since the Supreme Court came to the opposite conclusion. States continue to legalize marijuana, for medicinal purposes or otherwise, despite Supreme Court affirmation of Congressional criminalization. Is this a state or federal matter?

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