Research Essay I
Colorado and Washington voters in 2012 legalized marijuana and they were joined by Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. in 2014. Initiatives in other states are underway to put the question before voters in 2016. However, based on federal law, marijuana remains an illegal substance. Use the links below to access and read various articles on the legalization/decriminalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes.
If federalism is a system of government which allocated governance between the national and state levels; is it a commitment to states’ rights or nationalism? What does the U.S. Constitution support?
How should and did the federal government respond to the legalization/decriminalization of marijuana by the states? Prosecute state governments for aiding and abetting the distribution of an illegal substance? Arrest and charge state officials? What about the will of the majority of the voters?
Should federal law prevail? Is this an area that should be left to the states? Are the states marijuana policies corroding Federalism? Why or Why not?
What is your position on this issue? Why?
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