Brookings: Logical Alternatives To Marijuana Prohibition?

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director April 8, 2013

    One of the most important Washington DC think tanks, the Brookings Institute, is hosting a panel discussion on states’ efforts to legalize marijuana on April 15.

    Marijuana Legalization: Are There Alternatives to State-Federal Conflict?

    Event Details

    Event:      Marijuana Legalization: Are There Alternatives to State-Federal Conflict?
    Time:       2:00 PM
    Date:       Monday, April 15, 2013
    Location: Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

    To register to watch this event online, go here.

    Panelist include Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), sponsor of legalization legislation in Congress; Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson; UCLA professor (and Washington state’s new ‘cannabis consultant‘) Mark Kleiman, Ph.D and legal author/essayist and Brookings Institute scholar Stuart Taylor, Jr.

    Moderator: Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institute




    24 responses to “Brookings: Logical Alternatives To Marijuana Prohibition?”

    1. Ben says:


      I look forward to this.

      Again and again
      we should all thank NORML for much of the strides we, as a nation, have gained in this have been due to their hard work.

      Thank you, team NORML.

      – Ben

    2. turd goblin says:

      “I think it’s a good idea to legalize a plant that prevents cancer and is the safest alternative to any other drug especially alcohol or tobacco.” (meeting ends at 2:01pm april 15th 2013)

    3. Linda says:

      My husband and I are in our 60s and I am disabled. Without pot I have too much pain to do anything. Last year the police came and took my medical pot and put us through the ringer. Granted I had 12 ounces but that had to last until the next harvest. I had a license (that costs $200.00) but you can only have one ounce. This is crazy. Now I have to wait for our next harvest and be in pain. I hate these stupid laws. I barely make enough to live on and there aren’t any places to buy any, not that I could afford it. I’m sick of this.

    4. Jordan says:

      For Christ sakes its 2013 we have all the hell and other craziness in this world, by god just legalize it already.

    5. TheOracle says:

      I want Network News to latch their jaws onto this and not let go. Cable News will be the echo. Take turns singing backup for one another.

      I recommend the media, print and broadcast, take the position it’s time the Congress took the cannabis issue seriously.

      If they can waste all that money on whether Clinton got a hummer, W taking care of the family vendetta in Iraq, you Hussein took the bait when someone suggested the U.S. would not intervene if he occupied Kuwait as one its provinces, set him up for that, and the taxpayers fund that excuse to have the military there to secure the oil and gas fields. The dead, injured and collateral damage and military costs are the true cost of fossil fuel.

      It costs a lot. It’s time to pay the piper. It’s money you didn’t have before. It’s money you’re not getting from somewhere else because the cannabis community is basically the only part of society that is saying “tax us.” Nobody else wants to pay more of the current levies.

      I want the feds out of states that have industrial, medical and/or recreational cannabis laws–total non interference.

      It’s on HuffPost now, an article about the drug war nearing an end.

      Run with it.

    6. Anonymous says:

      ~~~ Manford Mantis ~~~
      Call it what you may ~ “but to all” it is a “Sacrament” to one’s Faith ~ if it just be to one’s self. Even a “Sacrament” to Lucifer. The only other “Sacrament” there could be is a “Sacrament” to a Extraterrestrial Biological Entity. It would seem that there exists a fight over “Sacrament.”

    7. jimmy says:

      I think there is something wrong with most people’s view of the meaning or definition of conflict.

      Conflict is not a bad thing. Neither is it a good thing.

      Conflict is * neutral *. How people deal with conflict is either “bad” or “good” in a subjective sense.

      IMO, this is truly a decades-long and absurdly unnecessary conflict, pushed by invisible money powers, legitimized by congress, and enforced by the judiciary.

      There is definitely conflict and there is no way around it. There needs to be appropriate sanctions, punishments, and sentencing. Kicking them out of their undeserved and ineffective “job” positions is the least that should come.

      Why on earth would anyone think (“think-tank” haha) that conflict should be avoided. The whole drug war was been one of aggression against the citizenry through Federal tyranny, another profit scheme hatched by Nixon (thank him for the drug war and the HMO-trashed health care system).

      Conflict is coming. It won’t be violent, but nonviolent, like all righteous causes, there is no coercion or brutality, but this “conflict” created by special interests working within the bureaucracy, will find resolution.

      The feds will lose against the states. This is tantamount to saying that government workers will LOSE against the population in its entirety, and whose tax revenues pay for their so-called jobs and corrupt activities.

      Eight former heads of the DEA wrote to Eric Holder, pleading for a stop to legalization. What they are asking for would require martial law and catalyze a rebellion that will make sure these bureaucrats are not just relieved from their ‘jobs’ but also punished for corruption and human rights abuses.

      “The universe is on the side of justice. Truth is universal and human society and each human being is oriented to the just sense of order of the universe. The fundamental values in all of the world’s great religious include the concept that the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice. For the nonviolent practitioner, nonviolence introduces a new moral context in which nonviolence is both the means and the end.” -MLK

    8. High Life says:

      Is this session for the legalization of the U.S or just for Washington and Colorado

    9. Let's make a movie says:

      I swear, after we win this epic struggle, There’s a movie to be made of this with Norml at the center of the plot.

    10. concerned citizen says:

      Eyes wide open. Brookings is the same think tank that wrote the policies currently being followed by the US to destabilize the Mideast. From the lies use to start the Iraq war to bombing Libya back to the stone age to the arming of Syrian rebels and next Iran. Be careful.