Social Policy & Politics Program | Report

Marijuana Legalization: Does Congress Need to Act?

by Graham Boyd, Sarah Trumble and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

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The landscape on marijuana policy is changing, and the federal government is falling behind. This report explains the problems created by lack of Congressional action in the face of expanding state marijuana legalization, outlines the steps the Obama Administration has already taken, and offers a “waive but restrict” path forward—enacting a waiver system at the federal level which would allow states with sufficiently strict regulatory regimes and safeguards to act outside of federal law without fear of prosecution for a set period of time.

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