Capitol Briefing

Lessons for Marijuana Legalization

Doctor holding marijuana and a vote button

Photo by Kelly J. Hall/iStock


April 27, 2016


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Room 127, State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814


Since 2012, marijuana has been legalized for adults in four states and in Washington, D.C. In California, multiple initiatives to legalize marijuana have been filed for the 2016 election. Given the size of California's marijuana market, its proximity to Mexico, and the U.S. presidential and congressional races, this issue has left Californians divided. What would happen if state legislation or voter-approved initiatives in California legalize recreational marijuana? What lessons can California learn from other states that have legalized marijuana?

Join us for a stimulating conversation with RAND's Beau Kilmer and Rosalie Liccardo Pacula. Both Kilmer and Pacula are internationally renowned experts on legalization and the economics of marijuana. They recently led marijuana-related projects for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the State of Vermont, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the European Commission, and the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. Kilmer coauthored Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know and Pacula coauthored Cannabis Use and Dependence: Public Health and Public Policy.

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Beau Kilmer

Beau Kilmer

Codirector, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

Codirector, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

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