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It’s all Raich…

It’s really hard for me to follow everything while I’m out of town conducting tours and seeing six shows in six days. I don’t have a clue how I’m going to catch up with all the reactions, but I’ve been reading as much as I can. In the meantime, for the rest of you… well, it’s everywhere.
The great thing about Raich (and all the delays in releasing the decision) is that everyone is talking about it. The Daily Show covered it (with a delightful moment with Jon trying to figure out whether it makes more sense to decide on your medical treatment by consulting your doctor or Calvina Faye).
Along with many others, be sure to follow Last One Speaks (and yes, Libby, you do owe me that half dollar) and Radley at the Agitator has been on fire. He notes this piece by Geoffrey Norman at the American Spectator:

According to John Walters, the Supreme Court got it right on medical marijuana. His argument comes down, essentially, to saying that medical marijuana doesn’t work, and should be illegal, even if it does make some people “feel better,” a phrase which Mr. Walter puts, condescendingly, inside quotes. As though feeling better when one is sick is somehow no big deal and a vaguely tawdry aspiration.

Mr. Walters is the nation’s “Drug Czar,” a hideously ugly title that any American should be ashamed to hold.
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You would think a man with $35 billion to spend would have more important things on his agenda than doing an end-zone dance over the bodies of a few cancer patients looking for a little relief from the side-effects of chemo.

A very graphic image.

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