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dc.contributor.advisorBellavita, Christopher
dc.contributor.advisorKiernan, Kathleen
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Erik D.
dc.dateDec-17
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-07T20:35:16Z
dc.date.available2018-02-07T20:35:16Z
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56828
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the increasingly popular push by states to decriminalize and legalize marijuana and the resulting problems that raise concern about maintaining the current federal marijuana policy. This thesis conducts an analysis of various policy options to resolve conflicts that arise between recently enacted state legislation and federal criminal statutes, U.S. compliance with international treaties, and public safety. Utilizing Bardach's eight-step method, this thesis compares three possibilities for policy recommendation. The first option is to maintain the status quo, or to continue a policy of relaxed federal enforcement. The second option is one of strict enforcement, essentially rolling back marijuana laws in the states and mandating compliance with current federal law. The third option is one of balancing the desires of the states while ensuring treaty compliance and public safety by rescheduling marijuana. The research shows that a rescheduling of marijuana, from Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act to Schedule III, would protect marijuana's access to those with a medical necessity while ensuring compliance with international counter-narcotics accords and enable the drug's availability for research purposes.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/marijuanastraigh1094556828
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleMarijuana, the straight dope: guidance for federal policy reformen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authormarijuana legalization debateen_US
dc.subject.authormarijuana policyen_US
dc.subject.authorControlled Substance Acten_US
dc.subject.authormedical marijuanaen_US
dc.subject.authorcontrolled substancesen_US
dc.subject.authormarijuana decriminalizationen_US
dc.subject.authorDrug Enforcement Administrationen_US
dc.subject.authorfederal mandatesen_US
dc.subject.authorfederal policy reformen_US
dc.description.serviceDetective Supervisor (Retired), Los Angeles Police Departmenten_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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