Sessions Information

  • January 3, 2018
    1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
    Session Type: AALS Hot Topic Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: N/A
    Room: Marina Ballroom E
    Floor: South Tower/3rd Floor


    Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has proposed bold new legislation to scale back the nation’s “war on drugs” and curb racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Senator Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 (MJA) would repeal the federal prohibition on marijuana and give anyone previously convicted under that ban a clean start. The MJA would also push states to address disparities in the enforcement of their own marijuana bans, by withholding federal grant funds from states that continue to exhibit disproportionate arrest or incarceration rates for marijuana offenses.
    The panel will discuss the promise and pitfalls of the MJA as a means to improve equal access to justice. What impact will the repeal of marijuana prohibition have on racial disparities in the criminal justice system? What lessons can be learned from the experiences of states that have already legalized marijuana under state law? Should the MJA also confront racial disparities outside of the criminal justice system? Do minorities have equal access to the economic opportunities now being created by state marijuana reforms? What can the state and federal governments do to ensure such access? The panelists will draw upon their diverse perspectives to address these and related questions.

Session Speakers
Organization: The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Speaker

Organization: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Speaker

Organization: Vanderbilt University Law School
Moderator

Organization: University of Washington School of Law
Speaker

Organization: Department of Cannabis Regulation, City of Los Angeles
Speaker

Organization: University of South Carolina School of Law
Speaker

Organization: Drug Policy Alliance
Speaker

Session Fees
  • [3144] AALS Hot Topic Program - The Promise and Pitfalls of the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017: $0.00