Spring 2012 Course Schedule

Law and Drug Policy (LAW-916-001)

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (TH) - Room 501

Enrolled: 19 / Limit: 20

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This course is a creative discussion of the legal aspects of drug policy. Course participants will engage in a rigorous analysis to discern how legal principles have influenced efforts to control substance abuse, how drug policy has influenced the law, and how lawyers can influence policy development. This course is a 2 credit seminar. Grading will be based on a research paper and class participation (10%). Reading assignments will be approximately 30-60 pages per week using both full and edited cases, and other primary source materials.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The assisgned cases are avialable on-line on multiple websites. If you have difficulty accessing a case please let me know in advance of class. A set of supplemental non-case materials is available from the bookstore.

First Class Readings

The assigned cases for the first class are: United States v. Doremus, 249 U.S. 86 (1919); Webb v. United States, 269 U.S. 96 (1919); Linder v. United States, 268 U.S. 5 (1925); United States v. Moore, 423 U.S. 122 (1975); Robinson v. California, 370 U.S. 660 (1962). These cases will review the use of Article I taxing authority for drug control, as distinct from the Commerce Clause. Also examined will be the reach of the law to penalize addiction and illicit drug diversion, as opposed to professional medical practice sanctions. I look forward to meeting you all.


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