“Should Marijuana Be Legalized?”: The New RAND Analysis

This Saturday at 6 p.m. in Oakland, we’ll be hosting a free “Home Grown Author Night” — with appearances by Blood Diamonds and Pot, Inc. author Greg Campbell in from Colorado, as well as historian and author Isaac Campos, esteemed grower and author Ed Rosenthal, and co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, Beau Kilmer.

We’ve just gotten a chance to finish Kilmer’s new, co-authored book Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know and we can say it is an essential read. The 266-page softcover non-fiction analysis uses short chapters titled as questions like “What is marijuana and what would it mean to legalize it?” and answering them based on the best unbiased, empirical research available.

Among the things we learned: “the college students who experimented with marijuana in the 1960s were about five years older than the typical person initiating marijuana today, and earlier ages of initiation are associated with much greater likelihood of dependence and other problems.”

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