If Larry Solum’s summary of the arguments in Raich v. Ashcroft (the medical marijuana/commerce clause case) is correct, Justice Stevens needs to be ejected from the Court. Check out this exchange (which, as Solum notes, isn’t a total transcript, but unless his substance is way off, is still very troubling):
Stevens: What is your view on the effect of the state law on the interstate market? Increase prices, no effect on prices, or decrease in prices?
Barnett: Can I choose trivial reduction of price?
Stevens: If you reduce demand, then you will reduce prices? Wouldn’t it increase prices?
Barnett: No, if you reduce demand, you reduce price.
Stevens: Are you sure?
Is it too much to ask that our Justices know basic economics? Apparently so.