Symposium to explore state's marijuana reform, Jan. 27

The Wayne Law Review is pleased to host its upcoming symposium, "National and State Marijuana Reform: The Social, Economic, Health and Legal Implications," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, in Wayne State University Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

This symposium addresses some of the major social, economic, health and legal issues presented by current marijuana laws and proposed marijuana policies. The discussions will explore the dichotomy between federal and state marijuana legalization, the policy behind the respective laws, as well as address the unpredictability of their enforcement. Also considered will be the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use, local regulation and enforcement, physician compliance and patient rights.

Former Michigan attorney general Mike Cox will give the keynote address. During his term as attorney general, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act was passed by a voter referendum, introducing new state legislation into the legal environment in Michigan. In the course of the act's implementation, Cox undertook the role of compelling law enforcement, prosecutors and the Department of Community Health to follow the law, as well as promulgating administrative rules. He is currently a member of the health care and litigation practice groups at Dykema Gossett PLLC and has worked as a prosecutor in both Wayne and Oakland counties.

Following the keynote address, there will be two panel discussions featuring a number of renowned legal experts, and a lunchtime talk delivered by Karen O'Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project.

"We are very excited to bring together prominent experts from around the country, as well as local attorneys practicing in Metro Detroit, to speak on such a timely topic," said Jessica Bajkowski, Wayne Law Review symposium editor.

The Wayne Law Review's annual symposium brings leading scholars from across the country to participate in a live panel-based discussion addressing a timely and relevant legal issue. The symposium is a vehicle to educate the public, inform local and national decision makers, and facilitate a forum for open and thoughtful discussion. A published symposium edition of the Law Review accompanies the live event.

The symposium, which is presented with the generous assistance of the Cohn family and the Wayne State University Dean of Students Office, is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $5 in parking structure #1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street.

To register for this event, visit or call 313-577-8032.

Published: Mon, Jan 9, 2012