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    by  • January 20, 2015 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    Vermont Public Radio speaks directly with Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center following the release of a Rand report commissioned by the state of Vermont. The report covers the whole gamut of marijuana legalization issues those states interested in pursuing policies other than prohibition should consider.

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    Vermont releases report on marijuana legalization (WPTZ)

    by  • January 18, 2015 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    VT Governor Peter Shumlin made dual announcements this week. Affirming state austerity measures was followed by the release of a state commissioned report produced by the Rand Corporation to advise the state on alternatives to marijuana prohibition and the effects these would have. The referenced report, “Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions,” can be viewed...

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    Three Economic Models for Legalization (MJI News)

    by  • January 15, 2015 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    Examining the identities of marijuana regulatory regimes reveals the priorities behind them. While those of the  Uruguay model boil down to divesting cartels, the United States must accommodate a much taller order, in particular, one along the lines laid out by the DOJ in their Cole memorandum, on the one hand, and capitalist prerogatives, on the other.

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    Into the Weeds (WWeek)

    by  • January 10, 2015 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    Those states spearheading the marijuana legalization movement appear to have more to teach states considering legalization than each other. Part of this problem stems from the difficulty in revising legislation once in place. OR state appears off to a better start than CO and WA; the following article explains why.

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    Marijuana advocates pushing for change in upcoming RI General Assembly session (ABC6 News)

    by  • December 30, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    The results of recently released survey on national consumption rates for marijuana place the state of Rhode Island at the fore of the list. The RI General Assembly deliberated on marijuana legalization during their 2014 session, though no votes were taken. A state where ballot initiatives are state initiated, and in light of this...

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    Study says Colorado has second-highest percentage of marijuana users in country (US News)

    by  • December 27, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    NSDUH, a survey sponsored by an agency of  the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released data for CO state revealing a 2.4% increase in those smoking marijuana a least once a month. Mark Kleiman, a prominent policy analyst and professor at UCLA, explains this data is not indicative “of the effect of commercial sales...

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    3 things we learned from Colorado’s first year of legal marijuana sales (VOX Media)

    by  • December 27, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    As marijuana legalization slowly takes to the polls across the country, and while legalization could have been better implemented in those states that adopted such policies, one thing is certain, retail marijuana markets are far from stabilizing. Policy analysts continue to remind debaters that it’s too soon to draw any conclusions from the rollout.

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    Teens blowing off real cigarettes for their electronic competition (World Magazine)

    by  • December 27, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    A recent survey reveals increases in High School teen use of e-cigarettes. While e-cigs can be a healthier substitute for adults and the prevalence of e-cigs has correlated with a decline in binge drinking and prescription drug abuse among teens; the primary concern of this article is the alure of e-cigs to minors leading to an overall...

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    Law Committee suggests drug control needs radical rethink (The Sydney Morning Herald)

    by  • December 23, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    The Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association released a report finding illicit drug abuse prevalent in Australia. They also determined that the resulting social harms were not greater than those of tobacco and alcohol, and that while decriminalization may promote a willingness for drug abusers to seek treatment, this will do nothing...

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