Quasi-legal Cannabis in Colorado and Washington

Local and National Implications

Published in: Addiction, v. 108, no. 5, Editorial, May 2013, p. 837-838

Posted on RAND.org on May 01, 2013

by Angela Hawken, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, Mark A. R. Kleiman

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In November 2012, Washington state and Colorado took the unprecedented step of legalizing commercial production and sale of cannabis for adult use, but all cannabis-related activities remain prohibited under the federal Controlled Substances Act. The consequences will depend on still-to-be-determined policy details and on hard-to-predict consumer responses.

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