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Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Stevenson, Dana, "Does it Really Matter? Presidential Rhetoric and Framing and its Effect on State Marijuana Policy Diffusion.." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2023.
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