This mini-seminar provides students an overview of some of the principal issues in the area of cannabis law. Topics for discussion will include: (1) the history of cannabis regulation in the United States and the so-called “war on drugs,” including the disproportionate impact of the war on drugs on communities of color; (2) an overview of the cannabis legalization initiatives states have enacted, and their conflict with federal cannabis law; (3) a birds-eye view of state regulatory and licensing schemes that govern cannabis businesses in legalization states, using Michigan as an example; (4); a discussion of some significant challenges cannabis businesses face in legalization states due to the state/federal conflict (e.g., their inability to obtain banking services or seek protection under federal bankruptcy laws); (5) a discussion of some of the practical issues arising from legalization initiatives (e.g., preventing impaired driving); (6) the federal government’s regulation of hemp and CBD; (7) current bills pending before Congress to legalize cannabis on a national level and to promote social justice initiatives; and (8) current state and local efforts to legalize or decriminalize other psychoactive drugs, such as peyote and psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

Meeting Information (Full Year 2022-23)

Dates: Thursdays: 10/13, 11/3, 11/17, 1/19, 2/9 and 3/9

Time: 6:40-8:40 p.m.

Location: Law School, Dominick’s, and Pizza House