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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Constitution Is Useless if We Don’t Follow It

The point of the Constitution is to limit the government, not "reinterpret" it to mean whatever you want it to mean.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent the country into a tizzy not long ago when he declared that the federal government would start cracking down on state-legal marijuana. This is problematic, but it’s a symptom of a larger problem. Article I, Section 8, of the US Constitution lists the things that the federal government may concern itself with. Marijuana — indeed, any drug — is not on that list. In fact, a great many things that the federal government concerns itself with are not on that list. So how did we get to the point of having federal laws and regulations about marijuana and a number of other things? We had to have a Constitutional amendment to ban alcohol, so why doesn’t the government need one to ban marijuana? James Harrigan and Antony Davies discuss this and more on this week’s episode of Words and Numbers.

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Foolishness of the Week

IRS spends more on debt collection than it recoups.

Topic of the Week: Federalism and Constitutional Amendments

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  • James R. Harrigan is a Senior Editor at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also co-host of the Words & Numbers podcast.

  • Dr. Antony Davies is an Associate professor of Economics at Duquesne University, and co-host of the podcast, Words & Numbers.