Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Periloux Peay

Second Advisor

Holloway Sparks

Third Advisor

Louis-Alexandre Berg


The topic of marijuana prohibition has been a subject of discussion in the United States for more than a century. As the president of the United States is typically viewed as a figure who can influence policies in the country without legislative authority, I conducted a historical analysis of presidential statements and speeches regarding marijuana and drug policy implementation. I also investigated the impact of the president's words on the diffusion of marijuana policy across states. To do this, I reviewed speeches by presidents and searched for legislative issues related to marijuana from 1970 to 2023. By placing these events on a timeline, I observed a correlation between the president’s statements on marijuana policy and subsequent state actions.

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