Gonzalez v. Raich (2005)

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Gonzalez v Raich is a U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court held that Congress had the right to outlaw medical marijuana, even in states that had laws expressly allowing it. The Supreme Court, relying upon its earlier decision in Wickard v. Filburn opined that even if an activity is local, it would be covered under the Commerce Clause if it has substantial economic effect on interstate commerce.  

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