Thursday, April 17, 2008


Consistency in the Law

Our Supreme Court has just decided that death by lethal injection is not unconstitutional. It has agreed to let State legislatures decide whether and how to administer the death penalty in the several States. One can say that the Court has decided in favor of local option.

In another case, decided last year, the Court decided that State legislatures or even State voters do not have the power to permit the use of marijuana for medical use. The federal government has that power and federal law must prevail over State laws or local ordinances with respect to the use of cannabis.

Do I detect an inconsistency here?


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