Talking cannabis in DC Friday morning

Be there, or be square.

The Washington Monthly and the New America Foundation will sponsor a discussion of cannabis policy, featuring a number of the usual suspects. Be there, or be square. Here’s the announcement:

The Corporate Takeover of Marijuana

Friday, March 28, 2014 – 9:30am – 11:00am
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

The practical question is no longer whether to legalize marijuana; a solid majority of Americans now favors it, and state after state is moving in that direction. The practical question is how to legalize it without greatly expanding the incidence of problem use and use by adolescents.

The current issue of the Washington Monthly offers a strong critique of the trend toward commercialization, loose regulation, and low taxes as states “issue local licenses to commit federal felonies.” Drug policy expert Mark Kleiman proposes, as an alternative, a change in federal law that would allow state-level legalization, but only on terms designed to prevent market domination by large corporate enterprises whose profits will come not from selling pot to occasional smokers but from expanding the ranks of daily (even hourly) habitual users via exploitative marketing techniques like TV commercials on Super Bowl broadcasts. And Jonathan Rauch argues that the biggest threat marijuana legalization is bad implementation of the kind we saw last fall with health care exchanges.

Join the conversation online using #potinc and following @NewAmerica and @washmonthly.

If you are unable to join us in person, please tune in to our live webcast of the event. No sign up is required to view the streaming video.


Mark Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy, University of California Los Angeles
Co-author, Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know

Alison Holcomb
Criminal Justice Director, ACLU of Washington State

Jonathan Rauch
Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution

Sue Rusche
President and CEO, National Families in Action

Paul Glastris
Editor in chief, the Washington Monthly
2009-2010 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation

Phillip Longman
Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation
Senior editor, the Washington Monthly

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:

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