I'm really surprised the justice department is taking the approach that it has taken. This would be the perfect opportunity to lobby for Wickard to be limited.
Once Ashcroft is gone maybe they will ease up. Too late for Chong though.
Wickard is an insult to personal property or any reasonable view of the power of government to regulate trade. Frankly, I think the Constitution should be amended to take the power to regulate intrastate commerce away from Congress. I understand the reason for its original inclusion, but it has been of virtually no benefit and an unimaginably large source of mischief.