Insights About Marijuana Legalization in the United States

In this January 2015 Congressional Briefing, RAND researchers Beau Kilmer and Jonathan Caulkins present an overview of, Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions. The authors discussed:

  • The current landscape of marijuana policy in the U.S. and abroad;
  • The various options available to jurisdictions considering alternatives to marijuana prohibition (e.g., while the for-profit commercial model receives most of the attention in the United States, it is not the only approach and it may not be the best);
  • How much money Vermont could earn from legalizing marijuana and what it could mean for the Northeast;
  • How the federal-state conflict over marijuana can affect policy choices.


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