Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy and Public Affairs
© Marion Goldberg
This thesis provides a framework to understand and apply the philosophical principles of paternalism to determine the most reasonable actions states can take in regard to marijuana legalization. As matters currently stand in U.S. policy, states must decide whether they will prohibit, decriminalize, or legalize marijuana. First, I will give a brief history of marijuana regulations and societal perceptions in the United States. Second, I will define and differentiate concepts of illegalization, decriminalization, and legalization from one another. Third, I will summarize and analyze Joel Feinberg and Sarah Conly's arguments against and for paternalism, respectively. I will conclude by applying the strengths of each philosopher's arguments with respect to the marijuana debate to offer a policy that is both just and effective.
Goldberg, Marion, "What Paternalism Suggests we Should do About Marijuana in the United States" (2019). CMC Senior Theses. 2012.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.