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Marijuana Legalization

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ISBN-10: 0199913730

ISBN-13: 9780199913732

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jonathan P. Caulkins, Mark A. R. Kleiman, Angela Hawken, Beau Kilmer

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In 2010, California narrowly missed passing a voter referendum to legalize marijuana production and use at the state level. The initiative, known as Proposition 19, was ill-drafted and illogical, but it still came within just a few percentage points of passing - and it did so in a year with a strong conservative tide. A different proposition, but aimed to the same end, is virtually certain to be on the ballot in California in 2012, and proponents are also trying to get it on the ballot in other states, including Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. The odds of passage in California are good, and the United States is likely to soon see a flood of similar propositions in other states. At some point, probably more distant, the legislatures, and even perhaps Congress, may pick up the debate.The debate and media coverage surrounding Proposition 19 reflected profound confusion, both about the current state of the world and about the likely effects of changes in the law.Marijuana Legalizationwill provide readers with a non-partisan primer about the topic, covering everything from the medical definition and benefits and negative consequences of using marijuana, to current laws around the drug, the likely consequences of legalization at the state and national levels, and ideas about the way that marijuana could be produced and regulated. In conclusion, the authors will lay out different strategies to address the situation, both at the national level and at the state level.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Mark Kleiman is Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He teaches courses on methods of policy analysis and on drug abuse and crime control policy. His current focus is on design of deterrent regimes to take advantage of positive-feedback effects, and the substitution of swiftness and predictability for severity in the criminal justice system generally and in community-corrections institutions specifically. He is the author of Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control and Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results , and is now at work on When Brute Force Fails: Strategy for Crime Control . He edits the Drug Policy Analysis Bulletin and blogs at The Reality-Based Community. His interests include political philosophy and the study of imperfectly rational decision-making and how to make policy to accommodate it. In addition to his academic work, Mr. Kleiman provides advice to local, state, and national governments on crime control and drug policy. Before coming to UCLA in 1995, Mr. Kleiman taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and at the University of Rochester. Outside of academia, he has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, for the City of Boston, for Polaroid Corporation, and on Capitol Hill (as a legislative assistant to Congressman Les Aspin). He graduated from Haverford College and did his graduate work (M.P.P., Ph.D.) at the Harvard Kennedy School.

What is marijuana?
Who uses marijuana in the United States and how much do they use?
What is known about the negative consequences of using marijuana?
What is known about the non-medicinal benefits of using marijuana?
What is known about the medicinal benefits of using marijuana?
How stringent is law enforcement against marijuana?
What is legalization and what is the context of the debate?
What are the different ways marijuana could be produced, regulated, and taxed after legalization?
What are the likely consequences of marijuana legalization at the national level
Could one state legalize marijuana?
Between marijuana prohibition and legalization: What do we know about the middle ground?
Can industrial hemp save the planet?
How will marijuana legalization affect me personally?
What do the authors think about marijuana legalization?