Michael NoeskePolitical Science 496Week 1 ResponseStates’ Rights Federalism and the Commerce ClauseGonzales v. Raich was a court case ruled on by the United States Supreme Court in 2005. The governmental provision that was examined was the power of the Commerce Clause. The court ruled that the federal government had the authority to criminalize the production and use of marijuana under the Commerce Clause. I agree with the governmental action and decision reached by the court. My personal opinion is that the growth and use of marijuana can definitely be allocated under the Commerce Clause. First, evidence shows that marijuana is a fiscally successful cash crop. The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act was well within the authority of Congress, and that allows the federal government to regulate marijuana. Furthermore, much legislation has been passed with the intent of the federal government regulating all illicit drugs. Although I agree with the court’s interpretation of the constitution in
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