Resource Document on the Need to Monitor and Assess the Public Health and Safety Consequences of Legalizing Marijuana
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Need to Monitor and Assess the Public Health and Safety Consequences of Legalizing Marijuana

Approved by the Board of Trustees, July 2014 Approved by the Assembly, May 2014

  • 2014

Resource Document on the Need to Monitor and Assess the Public Health and Safety Consequences of Legalizing Marijuana 

Approved by the Board of Trustees, July 2014
Approved by the Assembly, May 2014

The voters of California established a regulatory framework for legalizing medical use of marijuana in 1996 when they approved the Compassionate Use Act (1). California’s law and analogous laws enacted by a significant number of other states (2) are in direct conflict with federal Controlled Substances Act (3). However, the U.S. Department of Justice has promulgated enforcement guidance to the U.S. Attorneys, declining to enforce the federal law against persons who comply with the requirements of state law in the absence of conduct that endangers supreme federal interests identified in the enforcement document, such as interstate distribution of marijuana or sale of marijuana to minors (4).

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