Marijuana legalization raises logistical questions (The Examiner)

By STEVE ISRAEL | May 29, 2014

For states considering legalizing marijuana, here are eight issues that need to be researched and discussed before the debate even begins, courtesy of Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center and a co-author of “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

Kilmer calls his recommendations the Eight P’s.

1. Production: Where and how will the marijuana be grown? On existing farms? Specialty farms? Indoors? Just who grows it and how is that determined?

2. Profit: How will it be sold? Like alcohol and tobacco, by big companies with high-powered lobbyists? By small independent growers and shops? By the state?

3. Promotion: How will the marketing of marijuana be regulated? If the regulations are too strict, they might face free speech challenges. If they’re too loose, your child may wonder what’s wrong with smoking – or eating – marijuana.

4. Prevention: People say legalize it, tax it and pay for prevention. “But it seems like people want to have that all at once,” says Kilmer. Communities must develop strategies for education and prevention well before they legalize marijuana.

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