Gonzales v. Raich

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Gonzales v. Raich
Court U.S. Supreme Court
Citation 545 U.S. 1
125 S.Ct. 2195
Date decided

Facts

Congress passed the Compassionate Use Act, which allowed the respondents to use medical marijuana because of their serious medical conditions.

Issues

Whether Congressional power to regulate commerce includes the power to prohibit the local cultivation and use of marijuana in compliance with California law.

Holding

Congress can regulate medical marijuana use.

Rule

Congress can regulate purely intrastate activity that is itself not commercial in that it is not produced for sale, if it conclude that failure to regulate that class of activity would undercut the regulation of the interstate markets in that commodity.