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Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Date: 7:00pm EDT September 3

Challenges to Legalizing Marijuana: Resolving State-Federal Conflict

On January 1, 2014 the State of Colorado allowed for the first legal sales of marijuana in almost 80 years; Washington State followed suit and began legal sales to adults starting on July 8. During this coming November, ballot initiatives will be voted on in Alaska, Oregon, Florida, and Washington, D.C. which allow for some form of marijuana legalization. All of this is happening while still being illegal under Federal law. What does this mean for Maryland and other States? Michael Correia, Director of Government Relations with the National Cannabis Industry Association will discuss this Federal-State conflict, the future growth of the industry, and the direction of marijuana legalization sweeping the country. 



Michael Correia is director of government relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association. His focus is raising awareness and building support for the cannabis industry’s issues on Capitol Hill. In addition, Michael works with other national organizations to increase the cannabis industry profile nationally. Prior to joining NCIA, Michael spent many years working on Capitol Hill, including working for Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA), who retired in 2010, and the House Committee on Resources, serving three different Chairmen. Previously, he was director of federal affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and senior project manager for the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget. In both positions, he advocated for policies in Congress. A campaign veteran, he has worked and volunteered on numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels over the past two decades. Michael is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. A native of San Diego, he resides in Washington, D.C.