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220A sec. 001 - Marijuana Law and Policy (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Tamar Todd  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 12
    From January 16, 2020
    To February 27, 2020

Course Start: January 16, 2020
Course End: February 27, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 31955
Class Number: 31955

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 22
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

In this marijuana law and policy seminar, students will engage with the wide variety of legal issues presented by one of the fastest-evolving fields in drug policy, and grapple with the policy and practical legal issues that arise when an illicit market evolves into one that is quasi-legal and regulated by the state but still prohibited under federal law. The course will cover the history of marijuana prohibition, including its race-based origins and its continued racially disparate enforcement; the political movement and strategy to decriminalize marijuana and allow medical access; the international and federal constraints on state law reform; the legal and regulatory questions involving criminal sentencing, tax, consumer safety, labor law, environmental protection, and public health; social justice considerations prompted by the emergence of a new, quasi-legal industry for a product that was previously criminalized in a racially-disparate manner; and the continuing challenges of navigating a new industry that remains illegal under federal law.

The instructor was the legal director for the world’s largest drug policy advocacy organization, and has specialized for the last ten years in marijuana law and policy. She has been instrumental in the drafting of medical and recreational marijuana laws and voter initiatives in more than 15 states across the country; was a lead drafter of recently-enacted recreational marijuana laws in Colorado, Oregon, and California; and has testified in numerous legislative and government bodies in the United States and abroad on the issue of drug policy and the intersection of state and federal law.

The reading for the course will be an eclectic mix of case law, policy articles, government studies and reports, statutes, advocacy pieces, and political campaign materials.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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