LAWMAKERS BRIEFED ON RAND MARIJUANA STUDY (VTDigger)

By HILARY NILES and TOM BROWN | November 12, 2014

Beau Kilmer (right), co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center, and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding brief lawmakers Wednesday on the RAND study of marijuana legalization in Vermont. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Beau Kilmer (right), co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center, and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding brief lawmakers Wednesday on the RAND study of marijuana legalization in Vermont. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

RAND has identified nine areas of inquiry to inform lawmakers’ decisions:

1. Production: How will the number of producers and their production methods be regulated?

2. Profit motive: Does Vermont want to allow for-profit companies to enter the market, find other ways to raise revenues from nonprofits or control distribution through the state?

3. Promotions: How will advertising be regulated in a way that satisfies the state’s interests without infringing on constitutional free-speech rights?

4. Prevention: How will prevention messages be balanced with promotions? And how will prevention and treatment be funded until revenues start coming in, especially because marijuana use can have secondary impacts on alcohol, tobacco and opiate use?

5. Penalties: Legalization, which typically affects only people 21 years or older, does not eliminate marijuana-related police contact. How will criminal offenses and fines change, and how will driving under the influence be managed?

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