Life, Liberty, [and the Pursuit of Happiness]

Lewis Grossman, 2017-2018 LAPA Fellow; American University Washington College of Law

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 2:30pm
LAPA Conference Room, 348 Wallace Hall
Event Category: 
By Invitation Only

This is a series of informal workshop sessions for papers in progress. Each is by invitation only and is an RSVP event.

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Lewis describes the piece as follows:

It is a draft of a chapter from my forthcoming book, Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in American History and Law. It traces both social movements and legal efforts in favor of medical marijuana from the 1970s to the present. It also explores the regulation of medicinal use of alcoholic beverages during prohibition as a precedent. As suggested by the title, a major theme of the chapter is the fraught relationship between advocates for medical marijuana and supporters of full legalization.

Lewis Grossman
2017-2018 LAPA Fellow
American University Washington College of Law

Lewis A. Grossman specializes in the areas of food and drug law, health law, American legal history, and civil procedure.  His recent scholarship focuses on the role of patients, consumers, and social movements in food and drug law and medical practice regulation.  In 2015, he was a Visiting Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.  Professor Grossman has published widely and co-authored the text, Food and Drug Law: Cases and Materials (with Peter Barton Hutt and Richard A. Merrill). He has served as a member or consultant on three committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to entering academia, he clerked for Chief Judge Abner Mikva of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced as a regulatory attorney at a Washington, D.C. law firm. Professor Grossman earned his Ph.D. in History from Yale University, where he was awarded the George Washington Egleston Historical Prize for best dissertation in the field of American history; his J.D. from Harvard Law School; and a B.A. from Yale University.  At LAPA, he will work on his book-in-progress, entitled Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in American Law and History.