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Food and Drug Law

Vanderbilt Law School Faculty Publications

2015

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Marijuana Localism, Robert A. Mikos Jan 2015

Marijuana Localism, Robert A. Mikos

Vanderbilt Law School Faculty Publications

The states have wrested control of marijuana policy from the federal government, but they risk losing some of their newfound power to another player: local governments. Hundreds of local communities are now seeking to establish their own marijuana policies, from legalization to prohibition and a variety of idiosyncratic regulatory schemes in between. These local efforts raise one of the most important and unresolved questions surrounding marijuana law and policy: What authority, if any, should states give local governments to regulate marijuana? This Article provides some guidance on this question. It starts by identifying two competing considerations that help determine whether …