Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and University Honors
2009 was an all-star year for cannabis. The U.S. Justice Department stated its position not to focus resources on individuals in compliance with state medical marijuana laws, though reserved its attorneys' discretion to do so with plenary authority. Fifteen states having already enacted permissive legislation in defiance of the federal position, the Illinois and New Jersey senates approved medical marijuana laws, and a bill was introduced in California that would make it the first state to legalize cannabis. 2 The American Medical Association recommended that marijuana's Schedule I status be reviewed, to facilitate clinical studies and development of cannabinoid-based medicines, while explicitly denying endorsement to existing state medical marijuana programs or legalization. Here are agents -localized-centralized power relationships (i.e. state-federal), medical professionals -which have been conspicuous throughout the U.S. history of cannabis. While the above events may indicate a growing acceptance of cannabis (associated with a maturing breadth of cannabis knowledge), they also express each group's desire to maintain the power of arbitration it over how will be situated in their respective spheres of authority. In the past, these same power struggles undermined its status and make it the contested plant it remains today.
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Trosper, Dylan Thomas, "The Marijuana Proscription: The State of Cannabis Knowledge in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century U.S." (2010). University Honors Theses. Paper 1020.