• Vermont releases report on marijuana legalization (WPTZ)

    by  • January 18, 2015 • 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 • 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 • 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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    3 things we learned from Colorado’s first year of legal marijuana sales (VOX Media)

    by  • December 27, 2014 • 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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    Marijuana legalization hasn’t made US teens more likely to use pot, federal agency says (VOX Media)

    by  • December 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

    While advocates or opponents of marijuana legalization scour research that’ll validate their claims, analysts remind us that it’s still far too early to tell whether teen use is increasing or decreasing with legalization. Marijuana policy analysts Mark Kleiman and Beau Kilmer, of UCLA and RAND respectively, point to the fact that the retail marijuana industry is still...

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