March 23: Marijuana laws, policy compared, considered

By Jeffrey Dennison, WSU Tri-Cities

LovrichRICHLAND, Wash. – A comparison of Washington and Colorado public policy following marijuana legalization and the impact on the rest of the country will be discussed at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Washington State University Tri-Cities East Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.

The free, public lecture – “Recreational Marijuana in Washington State: Washington as a Laboratory for Public Policy Learning on a Grand Scale” – is by Nicholas Lovrich, WSU Regents professor emeritus of political science.

In 2012, voters in both states approved legalization of marijuana for recreational use under state regulated production, processing and retail sales. In reaction, the federal government allowed the “experiment” of marijuana legalization to play out “for the time being.”

Lovrich will consider how marijuana became legalized as a recreational drug in Washington, the subsequent development of public policy, a comparison of how Washington and Colorado have shaped their own laws and the impact these decisions have had on the rest of the country. He will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience.

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