What’s In Store For Marijuana In The Sessions Justice Department? What will the next four years brin

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on The Fresh Toast on February 13, 2017. With Jeff Sessions at the helm of the Justice Department, many in the marijuana industry and advocacy movements are openly wondering what the future holds for cannabis policy. Given that guidance issued by the Obama Justice Department holds much of the industry together and functional, the prospect of a drug warrior Attorney General scares some and bewilders others. The reality is this: no one knows what marijuana policy will look like under the new administration. And if the past year has taught us anything about American politics, it is this: when it comes to Donald Trump, don’t lob predictions. In pla

Let's stop asking “Should we legalize marijuana?”

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Harvard Law and Policy Review on January 13, 2016. Samuel Caldwell was relaxing in Colorado’s Lexington Hotel when federal agents pounded at his door. It was October 2, 1937, and Caldwell would become the first American arrested for selling marijuana. Seventy-seven years later, a few miles away from the old Lexington hotel, Iraq War veteran Sean Azzariti became the first person to ever buy legal, regulated, recreational marijuana. In the intervening years, America has been torn apart by diametrically opposed and deeply held beliefs about marijuana. To the flower children of the sixties and seventies, it could inspire love, peace, and underst

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