Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Federal Marijuana Laws

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Boston, Massachusetts—In a recent ruling, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts dismissed a case challenging marijuana’s federal illegality. The lawsuit, brought by several cannabis companies, sought to overturn prohibition through the courts. Although the court acknowledged the plaintiffs’ standing to sue due to the threat of federal enforcement, it ultimately applied the same analysis as the Supreme Court did in 2005 in Gonzales v. Raich.

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The Legal Landscape

The plaintiffs, represented by the powerhouse law firm of David Boies, argued that the facts around marijuana have changed since the Supreme Court’s ruling. However, the court maintained that only the Supreme Court can overrule its own decisions, and lower courts must adhere to precedent even if it appears undermined by later developments.

The Commerce Clause and Due Process

The court ruled in favor of the federal government regarding the commerce clause and due process. It emphasized that there is no precedent establishing a fundamental right to cultivate cannabis in the U.S. The ruling highlights the complexities of challenging marijuana’s federal illegality, even with high-profile representation.

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