States vs. the Federal Government: Marijuana Legalization in the United States
The marijuana policy landscape is changing dramatically. Eight states and Washington DC have legalized recreational marijuana and more than half of states allow medical marijuana. However, marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and it is unclear whether the new administration will continue the largely hands-off approach of the previous administration or try something else. There are many federal options between cracking down and legalization and the nation may end up with a much looser and more commercial system if the federal government continues to sit on the sidelines.
In this briefing, Beau Kilmer will provide an overview of recent changes in marijuana policies as well as options for the federal government. Specifically, he will discuss:
- What is happening with marijuana legalization in the United States and how can action abroad inform policymakers here?
- What options do the new Administration and Congress have for marijuana policy?
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