Congressional Briefing - July 17, 2012
Marijuana Legalization: What We Know and What We Don't
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Tuesday July 17, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building
About the Program
This November, voters in multiple states will be asked to consider propositions concerning decriminalization and legalization of marijuana for commercial production and sale for general—not just medical—purposes. Medical marijuana and decriminalization are familiar concepts, albeit widely misunderstood by the public. Legalization of commercial sale and production, on the other hand, would constitute a revolution, one about which public opinion couldn't be more evenly divided. The latest Gallup poll reports that exactly half of Americans favor legalization, with indications of stronger support in states voting on it this year.
This briefing will examine:
- why the evidence on medical marijuana is inconclusive
- what makes legalization so dramatically different from mere decriminalization
- the possible consequences of a state legalizing marijuana for non-medical purposes, both for that state and spill-over effects on other states
- important differences between the particular legalization measures that are on the ballot this year in Colorado and Washington
- options and limits for federal response to state-level legalization
Join RAND experts for a panel discussion on marijuana laws and policies at both the state and federal level.
Co-Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center; Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
Co-Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center; Senior Economist, RAND Corporation
Stever Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College; RAND adjunct researcher; Former Co-Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center
Caulkins and Kilmer are co-authors of the recently released Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know (Oxford University Press, 2012).
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