In November, 2016, California citizens passed Proposition 64, legalizing retail marijuana for recreational use. California faces enormous challenges in implementing this new law, including decisions about how to regulate a massive new industry and how to negotiate a complex relationship with the federal government. In this policy lab, we will analyze how to reconcile Prop 64 with existing legislation on medical marijuana, and we will explore options for addressing several gaps in Prop 64, including the environmental damage caused by marijuana cultivation, and the need for a rational DUI standard for drivers who have used marijuana. The lab will be directed by Rob MacCoun (Professor of Law) and Keith Humphreys (Professor of Psychiatry). Our client will be Assemblyman Jim Wood, who represents the so-called "Emerald Triangle" counties (Humboldt, Mendicino, and Trinity). Students wishing to undertake R credit will perform additional research for a white paper analyzing the issues and results of the collective research. R credit is possible only by consent of the instructor. After the term begins, and with the consent of the instructor, students accepted into the course may transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement. Elements used in grading: Participation in class, written assignments, and final paper. NOTE: Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Consent Application Form available on the SLS website (Click Courses at the bottom of the homepage and then click Consent of Instructor Forms). See Consent Application Form for instructions and submission deadline.
Policy Practicum: California Prop. 64 and Marijuana Policy LAW 805T Section 01 Class #34338
Notes: Law Unit Limitation.
Policy Practicum: California Prop. 64 and Marijuana Policy LAW 805T Section 02 Class #34339
Notes: Law Unit Limitation. R -Research Requirement for Law Degree.