Cure is Worse than the Disease

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005 11:35 pm by Neal

In all aspects — criminal, economic, cultural, sociological, judicial — the War on Drugs is taking a toll that goes far beyond drugs, the people who use them, and their families.

One day the “War on Drugs” will be recognized as the poster child for “The Cure is Worse than the Disease”.

Bill Buckley and Jonathan H. Adler, writing for the conservative National Review, discuss the latest Reefer Madness:

George Will chimes in on the debate:

Thomas, the justice least respectful of precedents, joined O’Connor’s dissent and also dissented separately, disregarding many precedents giving almost infinite elasticity to the Commerce Clause. He said that the women’s marijuana was never bought or sold, never crossed state lines and had no “demonstrable” effect on the national market for marijuana: “If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything” including “quilting bees, clothes drives and potluck suppers.” Thus “the federal government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.” But that has been the case at least since 1942.

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