International Impacts of Legal Marijuana in the US

International Impacts of Legal Marijuana in the US

On October 17, in collaboration with the Washington Office on Latin America, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution hosted a forum to discuss the international repercussions of the United States’ changing approach towards marijuana. A panel of experts considered the possible ramifications for other countries and the international drug control regime.  Panelist comments are available below as discrete audio files … our sincere thanks to the Brookings Institution for permission to reuse an audio recording of the event … Here is the introduction from the Brookings Institution: For decades, the United States has been a champion of the global drug control treaty system, which limits the use of marijuana exclusively to medical and scientific purposes, and obligates governments to punish and even criminalize recreational marijuana activity. But American attitudes toward marijuana policy are shifting: voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to legalize regulated recreational marijuana in 2012, and recent polls suggest that the majority of Americans think marijuana use should be legalized. How might a shift in American marijuana policies affect the prohibitionist drug treaty system? What debates are taking place in other countries over marijuana policy? Wells Bennett and John Walsh tackle these questions and more in their latest report, “Marijuana Legalization is an Opportunity to Modernize International Drug Treaties.” Moderator:   John Walsh – Senior Associate, Washington Office on Latin America. Panelists: Wells C. Bennett – Fellow in National Security Law, Brookings Governance Studies. Martin Jeslma – Director, Drugs and Democracy Program, Transnational Institute. Lisa Sanchez – Program Manager, México Unido Contra la Delincuencia and Transform Drug Policy Foundation. Sandeep Chawla – Former Deputy Executive Director and Director of...
Cannabis Radio News #15

Cannabis Radio News #15

Bob Eschino, co-founder of the Boulder-based Medically Correct and member of Colorado’s marijuana edibles work group tells us about the negotiations over marijuana infused edibles.  Kandice Hawes, Executive Director of Orange County NORML, describes the competing ballot measures facing voters in Santa Ana, California. And finally, we spoke with PhillyNORML activist and US Marine Corps combat veteran Mike Whiter about being the first recipient of a civil citation for marijuana issued in Philadelphia. A rocking 5 minutes. http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/crn-15-b-final-dwnld.mp3   or download a broadcast quality mp3 of CRN#15. Share...
First Civil Citation For Marijuana Issued To PhillyNORML Activist

First Civil Citation For Marijuana Issued To PhillyNORML Activist

The City of Philadelphia has now implemented a new fine structure for marijuana possession, and PhillyNORML activist and US Marine Corps combat veteran Mike Whiter received the first citation at 8:00AM on Monday, October 20. Whiter negotiated with PPD Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan and Civil Affairs department head Captain Stephen Glenn to engage in the peaceful action. Whiter, an underground medical cannabis patient, walked into the outdoor rotunda at City Hall then lit a marijuana joint. He was issued a $100 ticket for public cannabis smoking … Brian Bahouth chatted with Mike Whiter and offers this report …   http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/michael-whiter-final-dwnld.mp3 Share...
Competing Marijuana Ballot Measures in Santa Ana

Competing Marijuana Ballot Measures in Santa Ana

The city of Santa Ana in Orange County , California imposed a ban on medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives in 2007, and this November voters will consider a pair of competing ballot measures that would both end the ban but impose very different sets of regulations.  For insight, CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with Kandice Hawes,  Executive Director of Orange County NORML and Principle Officer of the Committee to Support Ballot Initiative CC …   http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/kandice-hawes-fianl-dwnld.mp3   Share...
Colorado Edibles Work Group Wrestles with Regulations

Colorado Edibles Work Group Wrestles with Regulations

Colorado Department of Public Health authorities suggested a near ban on the sales of cannabis infused edibles Monday; enraged members of the industry group working to formulate new regulations for marijuana infused edibles in the state pressed back; and by the end of the day the state relented on its suggestions.  The Colorado state legislature impaneled the work group to further refine edibles regulations.  The members will meet again in November before forwarding a recommendation to lawmakers next year when the new regulations are expected to be in force.  For more on Monday’s meeting and the debate over edibles in Colorado, CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with Bob Eschino, co-founder of the Boulder-based Medically Correct and a member of the 14-1366 Edibles Work Group …   http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/bob-eschino-final-dwnld.mp3 Share...