Cannabis Radio News #7

Cannabis Radio News #7

In this edition, Peter Zuckerman, spokesperson for New Approach Oregon tells us the effort to legalize marijuana there (Measure 91) picked up several key endorsements this week. Oregon State University sociologist Seth Crawford describes his fascinating estimate of Oregon’s marijuana market. Matt Simon, New England Political Director for Marijuana Policy Project describes the marijuana friendly political landscape of Vermont and prospects for legalization. And finally, Brookings Institution Fellow Philip Wallach explains Washington state’s marijuana knowledge experiment. A rocking five minutes … http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/crn-7-final-dwnld.mp3 or download a broadcast quality mp3 of CRN #7. Share...
Most Colorado ski towns embrace marijuana but not Vail

Most Colorado ski towns embrace marijuana but not Vail

Since Colorado began the legal sales of recreational marijuana at the beginning of 2014, much of the news attention has focused on Denver and Boulder, but as the first ski season with legal marijuana approaches, CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with Scott Miller, Business Editor of the Vail Daily, for an update on legal marijuana in one of world’s most well-known ski regions … http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/scott-miller-final-dwnld.wav Share...
Social Scientist estimates size of Oregon’s hazy marijuana market

Social Scientist estimates size of Oregon’s hazy marijuana market

In his recently published study Oregon State University sociologist Seth Crawford estimates the size of Oregon’s informal marijuana economy. The results shed light on a well-established, robust and unexamined market just months before Oregonians will decide whether to legalize the recreational sale and regulation of marijuana in November. In this conversation with CRN’s Brian Bahouth, Crawford discusses his methods, results and conclusions.     http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/seth-crawford-final-dwnld.mp3   A few notes from the study: – The average marijuana user in Oregon consumes approximately 4.5 ounces per year and pays approximately $177 per ounce. – Most users purchase the drug from friends and nearly one third of respondents indicate that they sell marijuana in small quantities. – Growers tend to sell inauspicious quantities to friends and relatives, and rarely earn more than $10,000 annually from their sales. – The composition of distribution networks suggests that the informal marijuana economy is a “robust network,” particularly in states that allow personal medical  production. This finding also suggests that legalization will likely produce a net increase in economic inequality, particularly affecting parts of Oregon associated  with the State of Jefferson, by shutting out smaller producers. – Several taxation schemes are presented to offer estimates of revenue if the drug were legalized; these findings suggest that marijuana could contribute modestly to the  state’s total revenue, but the most economically beneficial aspect of legalization could be from criminal justice savings. Share...
Vermont Poised to Legalize Marijuana

Vermont Poised to Legalize Marijuana

A Marijuana Policy Project poll of candidates taken before Vermont’s primary on August, 26 asked would-be lawmakers if they support the legalization of marijuana. The results both surprised and encouraged advocates … for details on the candidate poll, a timeline on the Rand Corporation study and other legalization activities in the Green Mountain State, CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project …       http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/matt-simon-final-dwnld.mp3       Share...
Washington State’s Marijuana Knowledge Experiment

Washington State’s Marijuana Knowledge Experiment

As part of implementing a system to tax and regulate legal marijuana, the state of Washington is building a formal mechanism to better understand the impacts and unprecedented regulatory and governance challenges of legalized cannabis. In his recently released study, Brookings Institution Fellow Philip Wallach examined Washington state’s marijuana knowledge experiment and spoke with CRN’s Brian Bahouth about his findings.       http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/philip-wallach-final-2-dwnld.mp3       Share...