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Playing Hot Pot-Ato: Does Biden’S Presidency Signal The End Of Federal Marijuana Prohibition?, Sara Snowden May 2022

Playing Hot Pot-Ato: Does Biden’S Presidency Signal The End Of Federal Marijuana Prohibition?, Sara Snowden

Mercer Law Review

“Hot Potato is a very different game when the people playing are starving.” In the context of federal marijuana legalization, various branches and agencies within the government have long engaged in a game of political hot potato—tossing responsibility for legalization off into the hands of someone (anyone) else. These evasive maneuvers are not victimless. As an overwhelming majority of states have taken actions to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, unsuspecting citizens have been caught in the crosshairs between conflicting state and federal laws.

Take for example David Doe, a resident of Colorado, who suffered many afflictions. Three years ago, he was …