States, the Federal Government and Cannabis | 2018 Legislative Summit


There is a longstanding conflict between the federal Controlled Substances Act and state laws legalizing marijuana. This year, with the release of the attorney general’s Memorandum on Marijuana Enforcement, states that have legalized marijuana in any context—whether decriminalizing small amounts or legalizing medical, recreational or both—face uncertainty over how the federal government will pursue enforcement. Learn how this new policy may affect states and how to proceed.


  • Representative Eric K. Hutchings (R), Utah


  • Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer Sr. (D), California
  • Senator Roger J. Katz (R), Maine
  • Robert Mikos, Vanderbilt Law School, Tennessee