Recreational and Medical Marijuana: Legalization Conflicts and Questions


Valentin Dijkstra (Editor)

Series: Laws and Legislation
BISAC: LAW039000

May a state authorize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes even if such use is forbidden by federal law? This novel and unresolved legal question has vexed judges, politicians, and legal scholars, and it has also generated considerable public debate among supporters and opponents of “legalizing” the recreational use of marijuana. This book summarizes the Washington and Colorado marijuana legalization laws and evaluates whether, or the extent to which, they may be preempted by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) or by international agreements. It also highlights potential responses to these recent legalization initiatives by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and identifies other noncriminal consequences that marijuana users may face under federal law. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


State Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Selected Legal Issues
(Todd Garvey, Brian T. Yeh, CRS)

Medical Marijuana: The Supremacy Clause, Federalism, and the Interplay Between State and Federal Laws
(Todd Garvey, CRS)

The Controlled Substances Act: Regulatory Requirements
(Brian T. Yeh, CRS)

Drug Offenses: Maximum Fines and Terms of Imprisonment for Violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and Related Laws
(Brian T. Yeh, CRS)


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