The Law of Unintended Consequences isn’t limited to economics. The State of California was working on a pilot program to produce ID cards for people with a verified medical need. Such a program would have made it easier for everyone, but especially for police, to enforce existing drug laws. Such a program might well have been a model for preventing the recreational abuse of prescription narcotics like Oxycontin which arguable cause more problems even than recreational use of marijuana. Any possibility of that happening was shot down by the Supreme Court’s Raich decision. The laboratory of democracy is closed.
California health officials Friday suspended a pilot program that issues photo identification to medical marijuana users out of concern that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could make the state and ID holders targets for federal prosecution.