Marijuana Experts Can Discuss Challenges Canadian Lawmakers Face as They Explore Options to Legalize Recreational Use

November 4, 2015

As Canadian lawmakers consider an election mandate to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, policy experts from the RAND Drug Policy Research Center can provide perspective about efforts to legalize marijuana in parts of the United States and elsewhere across the world. Researchers have advised states about legalization strategies and studied issues such as the potential for taxes, the likely public health effects, the likelihood of increased use among minors and the potential impact on driving while intoxicated.

Beau Kilmer is co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. He is co-author of the book “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know and the report “Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions.”

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula is co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. She is co-author of the article “Design Considerations for Legalizing Cannabis: Lessons Inspired by Analysis of California's Proposition 19” and the article “Developing Public Health Regulations for Marijuana: Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco.”

Jonathan Caulkins is the Stever Professor of Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College. He is co-author of the article “High Tax States: Options for Gleaning Revenue from Legal Cannabis” and the working paper “Smuggling and Excise Tax Evasion for Legalized Marijuana: Lessons from Other Excise Taxes.”

RAND reports about marijuana legalization can be found by at this link: http://bit.ly/1GJQARL.

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