The Canna(business) of Higher Education

Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, No. 1, 2019

Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 478, 2019

15 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2019

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Shelby Slaven

Ohio State University (OSU), Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Students

Date Written: April 11, 2019

Abstract

While the idea of legalizing cannabis for adult use is gaining on acceptance among the public, the past and current policies on both, the state and federal level, have resulted in dearth of research on the efficacy of cannabis for therapeutic purposes as well as possible societal and health consequences of recreational use. Institutes of higher education are best positioned to not only reform research on the substance, but to train a generation of cultivators, distributors, and healthcare professionals, and while doing so address some of the historical harms perpetrated by the policies of the War on Drugs. Students are seeking out ways to capitalize on a growing market and remedying past discrimination should be a top priority. This paper first provides an overview of cannabis legalization as it stands today, the political efforts that got it here, and those that will move it forward. It then discusses institutes of higher education and the efforts to bring cannabis into the classroom. Lastly, this paper argues that Historically Black Colleges and Universities can provide education, training, and a foot in the door for Black individuals who have suffered harsher criminal penalties in the name of the war on crime.

Keywords: cannabis, higher education, HBCU, Cannabis education, cannabis research

Suggested Citation

Slaven, Shelby, The Canna(business) of Higher Education (April 11, 2019). Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, No. 1, 2019; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 478, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3370265 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3370265

Shelby Slaven (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU), Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Students ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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