Pot Ruling

by Shannen W. Coffin

Besides being a defeat for libertarian law professors in Ohio, today’s decision in the medicinal marijuana case is notable for the lineup of justices. Justice Scalia joined in the majority, opposite Justices O’Connor, Thomas and the Chief Justice. The key issue here was the power of the federal government versus the states, and the Court held that the feds win this one. But stay tuned for further analysis. Kudos to Mark Quinlivan, the federal lawyer who fought this case ad nauseum (without the benefit of a toke to ease his symptoms) in the lower courts.

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