Course Details

Marijuana Policy Law

The cannabis industry has exploded in recent years as a result of the steady move toward, first, decriminalizing, and, next, legalizing the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana in U.S.Currently, cannabis is legal in thirty-three states for medical use (and in fourteen more states with limits on the content of the active ingredient THC). It is legal for recreational use in ten states, with a number of other states presently considering full legalization. There was $10 billion in investment in the marijuana industry in 2018. By one estimate, the global value by 2025 will approach $150 billion.The incredible growth of the cannabis business, enabled by the legalization movement, raises a number of difficult legal and policy issues. In this course, we will consider a number of these critical issues, including: The relationship among state laws and federal laws (which currently prohibit marijuana possession, use, and sale); The structure of state marijuana laws, including emerging regulatory regimes in the expanding number of states in which marijuana is legal for any use; Key issues pertaining to the industry, including regulation of manufacture & distribution, product testing, banking, and taxation; Difficult matters involving the so-called collateral consequences of the ongoing federal prohibition, including for private employment, probation/parole, and family law; Environmental and local government issues; Public health issues.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 759


Course History

Fall 2021
Title: Marijuana Policy Law
Faculty: Rodriguez, Daniel B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25