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Law Review Symposium - Disjointed Regulation: State Efforts to Legalize Marijuana

Friday January 29, 2016

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, King Hall room 1001
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Marijuana (or cannabis) use for medicinal purposes is legal in more­ than twenty U.S. states and in Washington, D.C. Since 2012, voters in four states - Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon - have passed initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana use. In 2016, initiatives to legalize cannabis use could appear on at least ten more state ballots. However, marijuana is still illegal and considered to have no accepted medical use under federal law. At its 2016 Symposium, the UC Davis Law Review will host 13 scholars to discuss the major legal issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana in some states. Panel topics include federalism issues, the taxation and regulation of marijuana, and how state legalization could impact our criminal justice and incarceration systems.


Keynote: Professor Richard J. Bonnie, Professor of Medicine and Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Morning Speaker: Allen Hopper, Director of Criminal Justice and Drug Policy, ACLU of Northern California


Associate Dean Steven Bender, Seattle University School of Law
Professor Sam Kamin
, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
Brianne Gorod
, Appellate Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
Jolene Forman
, Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance
Professor Alex Kriet
, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Professor Michael Vitiello, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Professor Erik Luna,
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Professor Benjamin Leff,
American University Washington College of Law
Professor Joseph Bankman
, Stanford Law School
Professor Jeremy Kidd
, Mercer Law School
Professor Andrea Roth, UC Berkeley School of Law


Professor Elizabeth Joh, UC Davis School of Law
Professor Carlton Larson, UC Davis School of Law
Professor Dennis J. Ventry, Jr., UC Davis School of Law


8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks Dean Kevin R. Johnson

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Morning Speaker

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Panel 1: Federalism

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Panel 2: Criminal Law and Sentencing

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Panel 3: Tax and Business

4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Reception


FREE MCLE credit available

Kindly RSVP HERE to attend the symposium.