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First Marijuana-Focused Law School Casebook Hits Shelves

July 7, 2017


One of the worst parts of higher education was buying textbooks. Textbooks are so expensive, and few students even read the whole book cover to cover. Maybe that will change now that there's finally a textbook focused on the law, policies, and authority surrounding the highly complex cannabis space. 


Wolters Kluwer's Legal & Regulatory U.S. Education division just announced that they have published the first-ever law school casebook focusing on marijuana-related legal issues. The book is titled Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority and is written by Dr. Robert A. Mikos, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School



The hardcover edition of the book is going for $210, but that shouldn't stop anyone from picking up a copy.


Given how lucrative the cannabis industry can be, it could be the best $210 you ever spent if you end up landing a job in the cannabis space. Surely, the book is focused on students at law school, but it would not be surprising if undergraduate and graduate level courses soon began using this book as a basis for lessons and discussion. 


According to the book's description, Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority's "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 new cannabis casebook is focused on three main categories of regulated parties within the cannabis industry:


  • Cannabis users 

  • Marijuana suppliers

  • The third parties who interact with cannabis users and suppliers


According to Mark Osbeck, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law, "Professor Mikos' book makes a valuable contribution to the small but burgeoning body of work on marijuana law...It will prove helpful to law students wanting to gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal and policy issues concerning marijuana use in the United States."



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