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Drugs, Delegation, and Isomers

I have been very skeptical of laws that delegate the power to define crimes to administrative agencies.  The case of United States v. Kelly, No. 16-10460, decided today by the Ninth Circuit, illustrates why it is sometimes necessary to let agencies fill in some of the blanks.

Congress moves so slowly that it could not possibly keep up with the illicit chemists who design new and dangerous drugs.  Some amount of authority must necessarily be delegated.
The opinion contains enough organic chemistry to make my eyes glaze over.  (That doesn't take much.  Avoiding organic was a substantial factor in my decision to major in physics and not chemistry.)

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