Title Marijuana Federalism
Subtitle Uncle Sam and Mary Jane
Author Jonathan H. Adler
ISBN 9780815737896
List price USD 34.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 204
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
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“As states continue to experiment with various forms of marijuana legalization, the essays in this book make a welcome addition to the ongoing debate.”
Brannon Denning, associate dean and Starnes Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University


“This book makes a considerable, timely, and distinctive contribution to the current literature on marijuana policy and reform.”
Douglas A. Berman, Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, Moritz College of Law, Director of Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, The Ohio State University


On marijuana, there is no mutual federal-state policy; will this cause federalism to go up in smoke?

More than one-half the 50 states have legalized the use of marijuana at least for medical purposes, and about a dozen of those states have gone further, legalizing it for recreational use. Either step would have been almost inconceivable just a couple decades ago. But marijuana remains an illegal “controlled substance” under a 1970 federal law, so those who sell or grow it could still face federal prosecution.

How can state and federal laws be in such conflict? And could federal law put the new state laws in jeopardy at some point? This book, an edited volume with contributions by highly regarded legal scholars and policy analysts, is the first detailed examination of these and other questions surrounding a highly unusual conflict between state and federal policies and laws.

Marijuana Federalism surveys the constitutional issues that come into play with this conflict, as well as the policy questions related to law enforcement at the federal versus state levels. It also describes specific areas—such as banking regulations—in which federal law has particularly far-reaching effects.

Readers will gain a greater understanding of federalism in general, including how the division of authority between the federal and state governments operates in the context of policy and legal disputes between the two levels. This book also will help inform debates as other states consider whether to jump on the bandwagon of marijuana legalization.



Introduction: Our Federalism on Drugs (Jonathan H. Adler)

Chapter 1. Public Opinion and America’s Experimentation with Cannabis Reform (John Hudak & Christine Stenglein)

Chapter 2. The Effect of State Marijuana Legalizations: An Update (Angela Dills, Sietse Goffard & Jeffrey Miron)

Chapter 3. The Smoke Next Time: Nullification, Commandeering, and the Future of Marijuana Regulation (Ernest A. Young)

Chapter 4. Murphy’s Mistake, and How to Fix It (Robert A. Mikos)

Chapter 5. Federal Nonenforcement: A Dubious Precedent (Zachary S. Price)

Chapter 6. Banks and the Marijuana Industry (Julie Andersen Hill)

Chapter 7. Legal Advice for Marijuana Business Entities (Cassandra Burke Robertson)

Chapter 8. The Contingent Federal Power to Regulate Marijuana (William Baude)



About the Editor:

Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His previous books include Business and the Roberts Court.

Target Audience:

This book will help to inform people and policymakers about the emerging debate over marijuana federalism by identifying and clarifying many of the legal and policy issues.


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