Disjointed Regulation: State Efforts to Legalize Marijuana

January 29, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
UC Davis School of Law, Room 1001
View online here.

Marijuana (or cannabis) use for medicinal purposes is legal in more than twenty U.S. states and in Washington, D.C. Since 2012, voters in four states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon — have passed initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana use. In 2016, initiatives to legalize cannabis use could appear on at least ten more state ballots. However, marijuana is still illegal and considered to have no accepted medical use under federal law. At its 2016 Symposium, the UC Davis Law Review will host 13 scholars to discuss the major legal issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana in some states. Panel topics include federalism issues, the taxation and regulation of marijuana, and how state legalization could impact our criminal justice and incarceration systems.

Keynote: Professor Richard J. Bonnie, Professor of Medicine and Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Morning Speaker: Allen Hopper, Director of Criminal Justice and Drug Policy, ACLU of Northern California

•    Associate Dean Steven Bender, Seattle University School of Law
•    Professor Sam Kamin, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
•    Brianne Gorod, Appellate Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
•    Jolene Forman, Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance
•    Professor Alex Kreit, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
•    Professor Andrea Roth, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
•    Professor Michael Vitiello, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
•    Professor Erik Luna, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
•    Professor Benjamin Leff, American University Washington College of Law
•    Professor Joseph Bankman, Stanford Law School
•    Professor Jeremy Kidd, Mercer Law School