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Disjointed Regulation: State Efforts to Legalize Marijuana

Event Date
King Hall Room 1001

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

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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.



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