Degree Year

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Politics

Advisor(s)

Michael Parkin

Committee Member(s)

Harry Hirsch, Chair

Keywords

Medical marijuana, California, Federalism, Raich v. Gonzales, Compassionate Use Act, Santa Cruz v. Mukaskey, Proposition 215

Abstract

An exploration of the several difficulties faced in the implementation of California's Proposition 215, which attempted to make marijuana legal in the state. As Proposition 215 went directly against federal law, the focus is on the federal-state interaction that followed. The paper argues that the principles of federalism could be applied to further interactions in order to improve state law, instead of attempting to suppress medical marijuana or leaving California's flawed system to its own ends.

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