Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in California Jan. 1; Experts Available to Discuss Markets, Taxes, Health Impacts

November 9, 2017

As California prepares for legal recreational marijuana sales to begin Jan. 1, drug policy experts from the RAND Corporation are available to discuss issues such as whether legalization will increase consumption and whether black markets will disappear.

Experts from the RAND Drug Policy Research Center have conducted research about recreational marijuana in Washington State and Colorado, and studied issues such as the effects of 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.”

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula is co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. She is co-author of the article “Developing Public Health Regulations for Marijuana: Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco.”

Elizabeth J. D'Amico is a RAND senior behavioral scientist who studies drug, alcohol and tobacco use among youth. She is lead author of the new journal article “Understanding Rates of Marijuana Use and Consequences Among Adolescents in a Changing Legal Landscape.”

Eric R. Pederson is a RAND behavioral scientist and director of Project Alert, an evidence-based drug and alcohol education program used in middle schools across California.

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