Tuesday, July 17, 2012

“Should Marijuana Be Legalized?”: The New RAND Analysis

By David Downs
Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

This Saturday at 6 p.m. in Oakland, we'll be hosting a free “Home Grown Author Night” — with appearances by Blood Diamonds and Pot, Inc. author Greg Campbell in from Colorado, as well as historian and author Isaac Campos, esteemed grower and author Ed Rosenthal, and co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, Beau Kilmer.

We've just gotten a chance to finish Kilmer's new, co-authored book Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know and we can say it is an essential read. The 266-page softcover non-fiction analysis uses short chapters titled as questions like “What is marijuana and what would it mean to legalize it?” and answering them based on the best unbiased, empirical research available.

Among the things we learned: “the college students who experimented with marijuana in the 1960s were about five years older than the typical person initiating marijuana today, and earlier ages of initiation are associated with much greater likelihood of dependence and other problems.”

Also, statistically, there is about one marijuana-possession arrest for 4,000 days of use. If you can smoke pot every day for eleven years before getting a ticket is it illegal?

After 40 years and a cost one trillion dollars, according to the Associated Press, why is the drug war associated with lower initiation rates?

Not surprisingly, the four authors come to endorse modifications to current marijuana policy — from further decriminalization and depenalization to advertising bans on regulated commercial markets.

Come down to Oaksterdam University at 1600 Broadway Ave. Saturday at 6 p.m. to pick up a copy, listen to Kilmer and the authors talk about their 2012 books, and ask your own questions — with free refreshments.

Also, please feel free to RSVP on our Facebook event page.

  • Courtesy of the East Bay Express

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