Here’s what’s being said and the free first chapter as of today has been downloaded 174 times

First ever cannabis law course book for law schools released! 

Professor Robert A. Mikos of Vanderbilt Law School has authored Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority, a first-of-its-kind textbook that carefully guides readers through the competing approaches to regulating marijuana, the policies behind those approaches, and the power of various federal, state, and local government actors to pursue them. The book takes an evenhanded approach to these often divisive issues. It seeks to hone the reader’s ability to think more critically and clearly about the many controversies now confronting this emerging field. The book will be published by Aspen on May 22, but it is available now for pre-order on Amazon at a discount. Chapter 1 is available for free via SSRN.

Robert Mikos is Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School and one of the nation’s leading authorities on marijuana law and policy. He has testified, lectured, and written extensively on the struggle among state, federal, and local actors for control of marijuana law and policy, among other topics.

Here’s the cover and the blurb on Amazon

Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority is a first-of-its-kind law school casebook in a rapidly-emerging and exciting new field. The accessible, comprehensive, and engaging material guides students through the competing approaches to regulating marijuana, the purposes and effects of those approaches, and the legal authorities for choosing among them. The helpful organization intersperses these issues of substantive law, policy, and authority throughout the discussion of users, suppliers, and third parties. Substantive law materials cover either prohibitions or regulations targeting users, suppliers, or third parties. Policy materials cover the goals of marijuana law and policy as well as the research on the impact of different marijuana policies. Authority materials address the different levels of government—federal, state, and local. Notes, questions, and numerous problems in each chapter provide additional
thought-provoking material and help to reinforce student learning. Current, news-headlining cases keep the discussion interesting and lively.

Key Features:

  • Internationally renowned author Robert Mikos is the premier authority on marijuana law. He draws upon nearly a decade of professional experience teaching, lecturing, consulting, and writing about marijuana law and policy.
  • Three distinct but inter-woven topics are covered: the substantive law governing marijuana; the policy rationales behind and outcomes produced by different approaches to regulating the drug; and the legal authority to regulate the drug.
  • Students are guided through the multi-faceted legal and policy issues now confronting lawyers, lawmakers, judges, and policy analysts working in this emerging field.
  • Written in a style that is familiar to law students, but also accessible to a much broader audience, including graduate and upper level undergraduate students in courses in policy studies, political science, and criminology.
  • Cutting-edge issues are included that are intellectually engaging for students and professors alike—e.g., how are conflicts between state/ federal law resolved? What are the roles of courts and executive officers in terms of policy?
  • Dives deeply into classic legal issues: contract enforceability and powers of court, Congress, and the state.
  • Notes and Questions following cases offer stimulating fodder for discussion.

Here’s more info at SSRN including the abstract

Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority

Forthcoming, Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority, Aspen/Wolter Kluwer

Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 17-5

18 PagesPosted: 1 Feb 2017

Robert A. Mikos

Vanderbilt University – Law School

Date Written: January 30, 2017

Abstract

This is the introductory Chapter from my forthcoming textbook, Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority. This-first-of its kind textbook is designed to guide instructors, students, and practitioners alike through the competing approaches to regulating marijuana, the policies behind those approaches, and the power of various federal, state, and local government actors to pursue them. The introductory Chapter explains why marijuana law and policy has become such a fascinating and worthwhile area of study, even for people who never intend to work/practice in this field. It also provides more details about the content and features of the book and how it can be used in the classroom or as a desk reference.

Keywords: Cannabis; Marijuana; Marihuana; Policy; Legalization; Prohibition; Legalize; Prohibit; Federalism; Localism; Drug; Controlled Substance; Reform; Casebook; Textbook

Mikos, Robert A., Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority (January 30, 2017). Forthcoming, Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority, Aspen/Wolter Kluwer; Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 17-5. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2908174