Tuesday, November 12, 2013
What public health lessons for marijuana policies can and should be drawn from tobacco's legal history?
The question in the title of this post is the student-selected topic for discussion this week in my Marijuana Law, Policy and Reform seminar. Excitingly, my students have arranged for the ideal guest-speaker on this topic: Professor Micah Berman, who recently joined to The Ohio State University community as an Assistant Professor of Public Health and Law. (Micah and I are not related even though we share a last name and dashing good looks.)
On this general topic, the students have suggested reviewing one of Micah Berman's law review articles: Smoking Out the Impact of Tobacco-Related Decisions on Public Health Law, 75 Brooklyn Law Review (2010) (available at this link). As the students have explained, this article "provides a ton of insight to the tobacco industry and its history" as it reviews "the history of tobacco in the US and how big tobacco has defended itself from liability for the last fifty years."