May 13, 2005

Why is Raich Taking So Long?

Ann Althouse has some ideas as to why it is taking the Supreme Court so long to come up with an opinion in the Raich case.

While I think that her piece is generally quite insightful, I find the end of it bizarre. While she expects the feds to win in this case, she imagines what may come to be if they don't.

Or maybe the Court will put all homegrown marijuana outside of the reach of the federal government, and we can all start tending our own little marijuana plants on our windowsills. I wonder how many people who never consider buying illegal marijuana would happily pursue the option of growing their own. A lot, I think. It's hard to imagine how much America would change if the Court made that little move -- one that is quite justifiable as a matter of constitutional interpretation.

How in the world would America change? Marijuana is extremely easy to come by. I don't see how it would make much of a difference if suddenly people could grow it in their backyards. If you want it badly enough, you can get it now. And if you don't want it, you've probably got other things you'd rather be doing with your time.

Posted by armand at May 13, 2005 11:34 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Law and the Courts

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