Marijuana Regulatory Policy: Lessons from Western States
In Rhode Island, important public policy decisions are currently being considered regarding the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal use. Before the State can seriously consider legalizing recreational marijuana, it is imperative to discuss the challenges of creating a robust regulatory framework for a new industry, the cost benefit analysis of creating a government oversight structure and enforcement of the industry, and the integration of recreational marijuana with the current medical marijuana environment.
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin partnered with the Conference of Western Attorneys General and the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy at Brown University to host a forum to discuss the consider the potential impact of such proposals within the state.
- Marley Bordovsky, Assistant Director, Prosecution and Code Enforcement, Denver City Attorney's Office who directs all marijuana issues in the Denver City Attorney’s Office
- Todd Mitchem, Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production
- Darwin Roberts, Esq., Washington State Deputy Attorney General
- Adam Darnell, PhD, Senior Research Associate for the Washington State Institute for Public Policy and author of I-502 Evaluation Plan and Preliminary Report on Implementation, a benefit-cost analysis of Washington’s legalization of non-medical cannabis
- Massachusetts State Senator Jason M. Lewis, Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana
For those unable to attend, the forum was livestreamed.