Marijuana legalization briefing at AEI

Video link and press coverage.

Jon Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, and I briefed our marijuana legalization book at AEI yesterday. (Angela Hawken couldn’t make it.)

Video here. (About 4o minutes.)
LA Times story here.

The story is much more negative about legalization than the briefing was intended to be, and much more negative than the book itself. The headline reads “Experts warn ‘beware’.” What we meant to say was something more like “Be cautious.” Yes, legalization has risks, especially if done sloppily, but the current system has substantial costs.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

2 thoughts on “Marijuana legalization briefing at AEI”

  1. Was it covered by C-SPAN? So many of the AEI talks get shown on C-SPAN. This is one I’d actually like to view.

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