Casebooks

Marijuana Law and Policy, co-authored by Professors Douglas A. Berman and Alex Kreit, is the third text focused on marijuana law to emerge since Kreit, now director of the Center on Addiction Law & Policy at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, published his groundbreaking Controlled Substances text in 2013. Reflecting growing interest in marijuana reforms, Carolina Academic Press rereleased Professor Kreit’s casebook as Illegal Drug and Marijuana Law in 2019.

Berman and Kreit’s casebook follows the release of two other notable casebooks in this space. Robert Mikos, professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, published Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority in 2017. Professors Howard Bromberg and Mark K. Osbeck of The University of Michigan Law School, along with Michael Vitiello of University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, published Cases and Materials on Marijuana Law in 2019.

Learn more about the origin of these casebooks and why they are so important to teaching drugs in DEPC’s story on the release of Marijuana Law and Policy.

Read more about each casebook below.


Marijuana Law and Policy

Marijuana Law and Policy

by Douglas A. Berman and Alex Kreit

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Marijuana Law and Policy provides comprehensive coverage of the many fascinating issues of law and policy related to the criminalization and regulation and reform of marijuana. The book can be used as the primary or exclusive text in a range of law school courses. Whether for a seminar on the war on drugs, an advanced criminal law course on marijuana law, a seminar on marijuana reform, or a summer study abroad course, Marijuana Law and Policy is designed for easy adoption and with flexibility in mind. The memorable cases and thought-provoking excerpts of academic articles lend themselves to lively class discussion. From beginning to end, the book provides an intellectually engaging experience for students.

Marijuana Law and Policy begins with materials on the debate about prohibition and its alternatives, with a particular focus on the the different ways to understand the drug and its historical place in legal regulations. After establishing this foundation, the book turns its attention to the marijuana laws themselves, taking an in-depth look at marijuana criminalization and then reforms in the form of medical and recreational regulation. The book concludes with a survey of issues that the current conflicts between state-level reforms and persistent federal prohibition present.


Cases and Materials on Marijuana Law

Cases and Materials on Marijuana Law

by Howard Bromberg, Mark K. Osbeck, and Michael Vitiello

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This pioneering casebook presents a thorough exploration of the rapidly evolving and complex area of marijuana law. Current through the end of 2018, this casebook explains marijuana law from all perspectives, including federal, state, local, and international law. Also treated in depth are the fascinating civil, criminal and constitutional issues emerging from current marijuana law, as well as important issues of federalism, business and tax law, and professional responsibility. Significant and recent cases are presented in edited and readable form, as well as the legislation, regulations, and public policy that govern marijuana cultivation, consumption, and supply. Notes, questions, and problems in each chapter enhance understanding of the materials.


Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority

Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority

by Robert Mikos

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Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority is a first-of-its-kind law school casebook in a rapidly-emerging and exciting new field. The accessible, comprehensive, and engaging material guides students through the competing approaches to regulating marijuana, the purposes and effects of those approaches, and the legal authorities for choosing among them. The helpful organization intersperses these issues of substantive law, policy, and authority throughout the discussion of users, suppliers, and third parties. Substantive law materials cover either prohibitions or regulations targeting users, suppliers, or third parties. Policy materials cover the goals of marijuana law and policy as well as the research on the impact of different marijuana policies. Authority materials address the different levels of government federal, state, and local. Notes, questions, and numerous problems in each chapter provide additional thought-provoking material and help to reinforce student learning. Current, news-headlining cases keep the discussion interesting and lively.


Illegal Drug and Marijuana Law

Illegal Drug and Marijuana Law

by Alex Kreit

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Illegal Drug and Marijuana Law provides comprehensive coverage of the many fascinating issues of law and policy related to the criminalization and regulation of mind-altering substances. The book can be used as the primary or exclusive text in a range of law school courses. Whether for a seminar on the war on drugs, an advanced criminal law course on drug crimes, a survey course on controlled substances law, or a summer study abroad course on international drug control, Illegal Drug and Marijuana Law is designed for easy adoption and with flexibility in mind. The memorable cases and thought-provoking excerpts of academic articles lend themselves to lively class discussion. From beginning to end, the book provides an intellectually engaging experience for students.

Illegal Drug and Marijuana Law begins with materials on the debate about prohibition and its alternatives, with a particular focus on the modern “war on drugs” model of prohibition. After establishing this foundation, the book turns its attention to the drug laws themselves, taking an in-depth look at drug offenses, drug sentencing, and the investigation of drug crimes. The book then considers the body of administrative law that governs the classification of controlled substances and the use and distribution of controlled substance for medical purposes. Finally, the book concludes with an overview of international drug control.

The previous version of this book was published under the title Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation, and Policy in 2013.