Medical Marijuana: A Wild Ride on Federal and State Law

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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3 Responses

  1. Lori Ringhand says:

    They are managed differently, yes, but only at this moment in time. Civil rights has been an issue of national importance since the founding, but was nonetheless “left to the states” from the end of Reconstruction until the 1950s. The regulation of alcohol has fluctuated between federal and state control for a century.

    It seems to me that very few issues are categorically either nationalized or not. Rather, nationalization ebbs and flows over time and for variety of reasons – none of which are particularly well grounded in deep theories of what type of issue is better treated at what level.

  2. ParatrooperJJ says:

    The whole profit thing is easy enough to manage, just take a bigger paycheck.

  3. I find the whole issue annoying. Perhaps the gov’t is attempting to protect their people, but I find more likely reasons for the prohibition and slow actions for retracting it lay in the corporate landscape. Paper mills, logging, clothing manufacturers and big pharma may have to rethink how business is done if this little plant is legalized (as it should be).