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Why the President Cannot Legalize Marijuana via Executive Action

Sep. 30, 2020—I have just posted a paper addressing the question posed by the title of this post. Here’s a link to the paper on SSRN: POTUS and Pot: Why the President May Not (and Should Not) Legalize Marijuana Through Executive Action And here’s the abstract: Could the President legalize marijuana, without waiting for Congress to act?...

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How the Trump Administration is Using International Law to Block Cannabis Research in the United States

Sep. 22, 2020—I’ve just posted a short paper that will soon appear in the American Journal of International Law Unbound (the journal’s online companion). The paper¬†illuminates how the Trump Administration has used international law to¬†block research on marijuana in the United States. The full paper, Using One Dying Regime to Save Another: The Influence of International Drug...

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Could the States Do Anything to Blunt the Impact of a Federal Crackdown?

Aug. 9, 2017—I just returned from the NCSL annual meeting in Boston, where I participated on a Marijuana Federalism panel with Representative Roger Goodman (WA state house) and John Hudak (Brookings). A short recap of the panel can be found here . Consistent with recent reports, all the panelists agreed the Trump Administration is unlikely to crack...

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