and the States: How Should Federalism
Principles Inform the Federal Government's
Response to State Marijuana Initiatives?
by the Center for Business Law and
Western Reserve University School of Law
the Practice Groups of the Federalist
December 3rd, 2013
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
529 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20045
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. Yet marijuana remains
illegal under federal law. The Justice
Department has not sought to preempt these
decisions, and has outlined a new
enforcement policy that largely defers to
state law enforcement on the assumption that
states will effectively regulate the sale
and possession of marijuana. Are the Justice
Department's efforts to accommodate state
decisions about marijuana policy prudent or
irresponsible? Could it do more? Should the
federal government defer to state voters on
the desirability of marijuana prohibition?
How should principles of federalism inform
the federal government's response to state
initiatives on marijuana? Can the federal
government allow states to decriminalize
marijuana possession and sale without
undermining the rule of law?
Robert D. Alt, The Buckeye Institute
for Public Policy Solutions
John C. Eastman, Chapman University
School of Law
Michael Francisco, Assistant
Solicitor General, Colorado
Hon. George J. Terwilliger III,
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Moderator: Prof. Jonathan
H. Adler, Case Western Reserve
University School of Law
Lunch will be served. There is no cost to
attend this event.