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Keynote: Marijuana at the Crossroads

19 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2012 Last revised: 23 Aug 2013

Sam Kamin

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: January 11, 2013


This short essay – taken from a keynote address given at the University of Denver’s Marijuana at the Crossroads Conference – describes the dynamics of marijuana law and policy in the United States with a particular eye toward the federalism implications of marijuana legalization in the states. The essay discusses the history of marijuana regulation in the United States, sets forth a number of possible scenarios going forward, and makes a few, tentative predictions about the future.

Keywords: marijuana, drug policy, legalization, federalism, preemption

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Kamin, Sam, Keynote: Marijuana at the Crossroads (January 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

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