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Ending the Drug War: a Dream Deferred

This report by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) looks at the failed war on drugs and the ways that the Obama administration’s policies contradict its public rhetoric. Examples include emphassizing a need for preventative health measures, yet still spending substanatial amounts on punishment measures instead of treatment, and touting states’ rights, yet the number of federal raids on medical marijuana dispenseries has increased since President Bush was in office. Although the report does give credit to the administration for recognizing that the American public is ready for a change in the country’s failed policy, it argues that the administration’s policies need to catch up with its rhetoric sooner rather than later.

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Marijuana Education & Dispensary Safety

Legal and medical professionals in Colorado put together this booklet designed to “educate the law enforcement community” and to offer “safety guidelines for the protection of both the patient and the community as dispensaries and cooperatives develop.” The booklet discusses, among much else, the differences between cooperatives on the one hand and dispensaries on the other. They are different business models, and whether one offers “more legitimacy or quality of care to its members over the other still remains to be seen.”

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The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: How Likely Is the Worst-Case Scenario?

Mark Kleiman’s “worst case” scenario has three elements: more heavy alcohol use; “carnage on our highways;” and hefty increases in the use/abuse of marijuana by minors. F. Mark Anderson and Daniel I. Rees here look over the evidence and declare such a worst case possible, but unlikely. As to the first of those elements, an increase in heavy alcohol use, Anderson and Rees contend that evidence that alcohol and marijuana are “complementary goods” is itself quite weak.

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ArcView Market Research: State of the Legal Marijuana Markets 2nd Edition

This executive summary gives a high level overview of the current state of the Legal Marijuana Markets. In it’s 2nd annual edition ArcView, the market leader in investing in the Marijuana industry, provides hundreds of pages of date, graphs and information on market trends and interviews with industry leaders. The full report is available at a 10% discount if you use promo code 10PERCENT.

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