The Cannabis Conundrum: An Experiment in Federalism or States’ Rights Run Amuck?

The Cannabis Conundrum: An Experiment in Federalism or States’ Rights Run Amuck?
The Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania Law School hosts a conversation about recent developments in marijuana law and policy.

Under federal law, marijuana is a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance with no accepted safe medical use and a high potential for abuse, and its use is illegal. Nevertheless, a majority of states have legalized use of marijuana for medical and, in some instances, recreational purposes. Some states have decriminalized the personal use of small amounts of the substance. This program will examine the competing policy arguments on both sides of the debate and the lawyer’s role in structuring a resolution of an increasingly disruptive but important policy problem.

Panel Moderator: Nancy Nord, Distinguished Policy Fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Law

Panelists:

Professor Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, New York University
Professor Peter Conti-Brown, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
The Honorable James G. Colins, Senior Judge, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

The Cannabis Conundrum: An Experiment in Federalism or States’ Rights Run Amuck?