An Analysis of How Current Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Stack Against the 12 Provisions

Introduction (Slides 1-3)

June 14, 2012–This presentation was given originally on March 13th, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, to the director and board members of National Families in Action, which is conducting a public education campaign about marijuana legalization called “But What About the Children?” Since the presentation, some slides have been revised or omitted to reflect the most accurate and up-to-date information available.  The presentation consists of an introduction and three sections.

The research and analysis presented here is the collective work of a class of 16 students from Carnegie Mellon University’s John Heinz III College, School of Public Policy & Management. These students all participated in a course called Policy Modeling Workshop, taught by drug policy expert Professor Jonathan P. Caulkins. Since Spring 2010, this course has offered students the opportunity to dig into timely marijuana-related issues and ultimately present their findings to key drug policy decision makers. In 2010, the students analyzed California’s Proposition 19, and in 2011, the class focused on medical marijuana. This year, the course centered on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by comparing and contrasting the content and implications of the state marijuana proposals for 2012. As the culmination of the course, pairs of students presented the work of the class to the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the director of Congressional Affairs from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), drug scholars at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and Congressional representatives.


Section 1.  Overview of Current Initiatives and Likelihood of Passage (Slides 4-18)


Section 2.  The Impacts and Implications of Marijuana Legalization (Slides 19-38)


Section 3.  How Do the Initiatives Stack Up Against the Twelve Provisions? (Slides 39-74)



Complete Presentation (Slides 1-74)


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