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Regulating Marijuana Advertising and Marketing to Promote Public Health: Navigating the Constitutional Minefield

68 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2017  

Leslie Gielow Jacobs

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

Date Written: July 27, 2017

Abstract

Marijuana legalization, at least to some extent, is now a reality in half of the United States. This shift reflects the good reasons to decriminalize marijuana use and to legalize and regularize its cultivation, distribution and retail sale. Legalization also introduces substantial public health dangers and injects the potent tool of advertising and marketing to promote marijuana into the struggle for persuasive influence between sellers aimed at increasing profits and regulators trying to minimize the damages to public health. But limits on advertising and marketing to reduce adverse public health consequences are difficult to impose because of the increasingly aggressive interpretations of the protections for advertising articulated by the Supreme Court. Regulators must understand the types of regulations that will provoke constitutional challenges, and how a court’s analysis of each type of regulation will proceed. This Article is the first to provide detailed analysis and concrete, step-by-step guidance for regulators seeking to balance the electoral mandate to provide access to marijuana products with their ongoing and urgent responsibilities to protect public health. It provides regulators with the knowledge they need to understand the constitutional implications of a wide range of options, and to make choices that implement their public health objectives without provoking expensive legal challenges.

Keywords: Marijuana, Advertising, Regulations, Marketing, Public Health

Suggested Citation

Jacobs, Leslie Gielow, Regulating Marijuana Advertising and Marketing to Promote Public Health: Navigating the Constitutional Minefield (July 27, 2017). Lewis & Clark Law Review, Vol. 21, No. 4, Forthcoming; Pacific McGeorge School of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3016125

Leslie Gielow Jacobs (Contact Author)

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law ( email )

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Sacramento, CA 95817
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