Authors

Robert A. Mikos

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Denver University Law Review

Publication Date

2012

Page Number

997

Keywords

medical marijuana, federalism, criminal law

Disciplines

Criminal Law | Law

Abstract

Medical marijuana has emerged as one of the key federalism battlegrounds of the last two decades. Since 1996, sixteen states have passed new laws legalizing the drug for certain medical purposes.' All the while, the federal government has remained committed to zero-tolerance, prohibiting the possession, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana for any purpose.2 The federal government's uncompromising stance against medical marijuana seemingly exposes the states' vulnerability to the whims of the national political process, and it has inspired calls for the courts to step in and protect state experimentation from this and other instances of arguable congressional over-reaching.

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