Lectures & Events

Marijuana, Federal Power, and the States
Center for Business Law and Regulation
SEP 12, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 6.25 hours of in-person CLE credit
$100.00 for Case Law Alumni
$200.00 for all other attorneys

In 2013 voters in Colorado and Washington legalized the possession of marijuana under state law. Several other states allow the possession and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and others appear ready to follow suit. Yet marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The federal governmental has not sought to preempt these decisions, and has outlined a new enforcement policy that largely defers to state law enforcement. Nonetheless, the conflict between federal and state laws creates legal difficulty for business owners, financial institutions, and local law enforcement. Is this dual regime sustainable? Should the federal government defer to state electorates on marijuana policies? Is drug policy best made at the federal or state level? How should principles of federalism inform the federal government’s response to state initiatives on marijuana? Prominent academics will consider these and related questions raised by state-level marijuana policy reforms.
Speaker Information
William Baude
University of Chicago

Ernest Young
Duke University School of Law

Noah Hall
Wayne State University Law School

Brannon Denning
Cumberland Law School

Angela Hawken
Pepperdine University

Julie Hill
University of Alabama Law School
Additional Information
CLE Credit Fee: $100/CWRU Law Alumni; $200/Non-CWRU Law Alumni.
General registration free and open to the public.

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome-Introduction
Jonathan H. Adler - Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law & Director, Center for Business Law & Regulation, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
8:45 - 10:30 a.m. Panel 1 - Marijuana Federalism and State Policy Choices
Ernest A, Young - Alston & Bird Professor of Law, Duke Law School
Brannon P. Denning - Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Cumberland Law School, Samford University
Robert Mikos - Professor of Law & Director, Program in Law and Government, Vanderbilt University Law School
Moderator: B. Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research; Professor of Law and Laura B. Chisolm Distinguished Research Scholar, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel 2 - Constitutional Constraints on Federal Power in Drug Policy
William Baude - Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Angela Hawken - Associate Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
Moderator: Reihan Salam, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
12:00 - 12:50 p.m. Lunch
12:50 - 2:30 p.m. Panel 3 - Banks, Advertising and Youth Access
Julie A. Hill - Associate Professor of Law University of Alabama School of Law
Alex Kreit - Associate Professor of Law & Director, Center for Law & Social Justice, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Mark A.R. Kleiman - Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs & Steven Davenport - Carnegie Mellon University
Moderator: Jonathan L. Entin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (School of Law), David L. Brennan Professor of Law, and Professor of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Panel 4 - What Have We Learned and What Will We Learn?
John Hudak - Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Douglas A. Berman - Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
Moderator: Jonathan H. Adler - Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law & Director, Center for Business Law & Regulation, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
4:00 p.m. Reception

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