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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
Gonzalez v. Raich
Citation:545 U.S. 1, 125 S. Ct. 2195, 162 L. Ed. 2d 1 (2005).
After the DEA seized doctor-prescribed marijuana from a patient’s home, a group of medical marijuana users sued the DEA and U.S. Attorney General in a federal district court. The medical marijuana users argued the CSA exceeded Congress’ commerce clause power.
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