The UC Davis Law Review presents Disjointed Regulation: State Efforts to Legalize Marijuana Jan. 29, 2016.
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.