Marihuana Tax Act ruled unconstitutional in Leary v. US

Marihuana Tax Act ruled unconstitutional in Leary v. US

Leary v. United States, 395 U.S. 6, is a U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with the constitutionality of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Timothy Leary, a professor and activist, was arrested for the possession of marijuana in violation of the Marihuana Tax Act. Leary challenged the act on the ground that the act required self-incrimination, which violated the Fifth Amendment. The unanimous opinion of the court was penned by Justice John Marshall Harlan II and declared the Marihuana Tax […]

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