Vermont marijuana study to focus on use, costs and precedents (Brattleboro Reformer)

By KATIE JICKLING | August 1, 2014

MONTPELIER — The Rand Corp. met last week with the Shumlin administration to lay out plans for a study on the impact of legalizing marijuana in Vermont.

Rand researcher Beau Kilmer, who will lead the project, met with Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding and an internal working group, including representatives from the Agency of Agriculture and the departments of Public Safety, Health and Liquor Control, to discuss a preliminary work plan for the study.

Vermont was to sign the contract with Rand this week and the research will begin Monday. The study will be used to inform lawmakers on the benefits and pitfalls of legalization.

Kilmer, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center, has worked with California and Washington officials on marijuana legalization. In 2012, he co-wrote a book “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

Kilmer said he’s put together an “all-star team” of Rand researchers and policy experts.

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