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Marijuana and Federalism: Who's in Charge?


With recreational and medicinal cannabis legal in certain states, marijuana businesses and users are caught between permissive state laws and federal statutes that criminalize all forms of cannabis use. As the Trump Justice Department moves to bring this issue to a head, we examine which jurisdiction is supreme, what outside forces might be at play and, most of all, how this issue perfectly illustrates federalism — the distribution of power between state and federal governments.


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