As a 3d year law student, I too found Wickard absurd, a relic of WWII and the New Deal that strains "effect" on interstate commerce to the point of absurdity. Scalia should see Wickard for what it was: a wartime decision that was tailored for a specific set of facts/cirsumstances, that was an "emergency" measure lacking the aura of stare decisis. I will be very, very disappointed in Scalia and Thomas if they vote to uphold this absurdity because they dislike marijunana.
Exactly. This case could legitimize Wickard for the sake of so-called-morals. Wickard could easily be distinguished on the grounds that it was a wartime decision to protect the nation's wheat industry.