Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014

colorado marijuana legalization denver daCannabis legalization has been referred to by some as ‘the great public policy experiment of this decade.’ Cannabis opponents have predicted that the experiment will fail, while supporters say the opposite. According to John Hudak from the Brookings Institute, opponents are being proven wrong by what’s going on in Colorado. Per the Brookings Institute:

As part of an examination of Colorado’s implementation and rollout, Brookings’ John Hudak spent a week in Denver interviewing elected officials, regulators, industry officials, and others playing a variety of roles and including supporters and opponents of legalization policy.

Hudak reports that the state of Colorado has largely succeeded in rolling out a legal marijuana system, and its early implementation efforts have been impressive.

The new report issued by the Brookings Institute doesn’t surprise cannabis law reform supporters, who have known this would be the case even before implementation started. Opponents on the other hand are probably shocked to their core, and are likely scrambling trying to come up with ways to spin the report. However, considering the fact that the Brookings Institute is so prestigious, it’s not going to be easy for people like Kevin Sabet to brush the report aside and/or discredit it.

Cannabis legalization is working in Colorado, and it can work in other states that decide to take a new approach too. Cannabis legalization is on the ballot in Alaska and Oregon already for the 2014 Election, and it will likely get on the ballot in Washington D.C. as well. 2016 is also shaping up to be a very big year for reform. Every state domino that falls will continue to build the momentum for reform at the national level, which can’t happen soon enough.

Source: Oregon Cannabis Industry Association

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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri.As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties.You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.
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