Robert J. MacCoun

Robert J. J MacCoun

Robert J. MacCoun

  • James and Patricia Kowal Professor of Law
  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Room N211, Neukom Building


  • Drug Policy
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Law & Psychology
  • Law & Society
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Policy & Empirical Studies

Prof. Rob MacCoun on Marijuana Legalization & Challenges of Edibles & Potency

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Policy Practicum: Analyzing Alternative Laws and Policies for Psychoactive Drugs

Four states have already legalized marijuana, and there is a strong likelihood that California will significantly change its marijuana laws This practicum works closely with a policy client to assess alternative options for California marijuana laws. We will examine possible options through many lenses, including moral philosophy, welfare economics, neuroscience and medicine, criminal justice, and political analysis. Students will gain exposure to such policy analysis methodologies as epidemiology, econometrics, quasi-experimentation, simulation modeling, and cross-national case studies to identify and analyze options and likely tradeoffs to help the client and the citizens of California make informed choices.

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