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-- -- want to welcome -- -- director of federal policies of Marijuana Policy Project.
Today the feds agreed to.
Lay off those states have legalized marijuana for either medicinal or recreational purposes then what a greater implications of this.
Thought the white flag in the in the federal government's war on marijuana and it means states states like Washington and Colorado and it expires dictator all the -- making marijuana legal for adult use are going to be able to do that without -- or that the federal government coming NN.
-- in the doors businesses that sell marijuana adult.
There's a big thing is and -- -- with this this debate about what what happened what would have what about the conflicts between the state laws and federal laws and the feds would come.
Win this is really a big deal listen.
-- really at the big -- you know I guess that it -- we've been waiting forty years doesn't it should have been.
You know arguing that marijuana prohibition does more harm than good and that you know we can.
Do a better job of keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors and keeping marijuana and and the drug cartels and Mexico.
This this is victory of sorts brought the finding means that you know Daytona chart their own correspondents are going to be able -- And so we're we're happy about being out publish -- got to work to do that 48 other states that need more rational policy with respect to marijuana.
Others -- banking and accurate in -- they'll need to be worked out you know this is.
This is the big belt and her -- and we know that it's now been taken care.
Does this mean that.
At some point legalization is inevitable.
I think people looked around for a long time that legalization of inevitable and it's it's -- a big you know roadblock on the way now that it's been.
Moved out of the way we can -- on the -- check and really start putting it -- complacent -- state.
How do you do that had he -- other states -- to follow suit.
Well depend on the date is a lot of states that allow us to go to try to ballot and put it to the voters we're gonna do that in the last connection you're gonna do it California Oregon Nevada Arizona and Maine into -- -- sixteen.
But everything worked in -- -- legislature I think Rhode Island Maryland Hawaii are all states where the legislature is great -- the collective.
And we'll start work -- and.
What what's more effective doing it by a referendum or doing it via legislation.
Eager to do it by referendum because a lot of state legislature.
Now have -- reticent about that that a lot of people still stuck in a war on drugs might threaten.
Don't really understand it help politically popular marijuana is though it's easier to go to the voters but it also more expensive to -- -- -- -- it's a little bit -- -- -- that the lobbyists and legislators and you know convince Amanda that benefit to actually regulate marijuana like out.
All this going to lead though to other drugs finally becoming legal.
And I'm I'm I'm purely libertarian and I think drug should be legal but is is ever that ever gonna happen.
You know where the Marijuana Policy Project we're just focused on marijuana I see no reason why just because someone -- either doctored -- -- and alcohol that they didn't -- later dumped a heroin or cocaine or some other art.
A clear agenda -- -- do with whether or not -- several leads to other drugs no longer being.
Let's say you know you get crime out of it you get it change the economic system a little bit he attacks -- Like you that apply -- -- beside marijuana.
Well -- -- it's easiest to deal with marijuana because that the relatively the United States that the -- mandate you know we're talking about something that's not a spiritual violence reckless behavior like alcohol it's not so sure it's actual call -- alcoholic can't kill you either short -- long term like Alcoa can't you know at the relatively straight -- You know it's a little bit harder to do we get to harder -- but I do agree that you know -- -- -- -- -- like a public health problem and not a law enforcement problem.
So in or America.
But how much money.
You may have -- -- you may or may not have the stats at your disposal at the moment but how much money we spending.
Running after marijuana users and -- what's the economic impact of changing policy.
You know that economics range from anywhere from you know a couple hundred billion dollars to oil and access to the billion dollars in part of the the issue here is that we're we're talking about a policy that -- a good place anywhere in the world.
And even then and -- it ought to talk about -- A lot of -- the economy it there but.
Politically and Colorado and Washington it's full scale -- cultivation distribution and sale of Carolina but there have been -- the sport than anybody because they know.
What -- that whole economic implications aren't -- How is it done in Amsterdam that's different.
-- unanswered and you can go into a copy shop and buy marijuana but it.
The question where respect -- shot if they're marijuana.
That article sort of shady great market -- not black market and Colorado you'll be able to apply for a license from the government -- grow marijuana.
On a large scale sell marijuana at the whole Baylor.
You retail shops -- then provide it to adult 200 Jim marijuana itself.
Really -- Salem Colorado everything it's gonna be regulated by the state where is -- an Amsterdam.
Police -- sort of look the other way at this Salem a true.
Are there some caveats in terms what justice is gonna do -- marijuana for example in terms of you know bump crime involved become too big dealers.
Kids things like that justice justice is not doing a total hands off issue here.
Well look drug dealers don't check -- and regulated business since duke.
You know when you look at two alcohol or tobacco or other regulated drug Mexican drug -- -- and that does this -- violent criminals so.
The recent voters in Washington and Colorado -- initiative.
It because they wanted to -- cartel that is the business because they wanted to keep on the hands of kids because they wanted to keep people -- growing marijuana on federal and so.
We're quite confident at all that criteria the federal government laid out -- are reasons to tax and regulate marijuana not open to be here.
Nine very good I thank you very much for talking -- -- tonight and let's this is a you know the word -- is sometimes used negatively gateway drug but let's hope this is the gateway.
Two more enlightened policy all over I think if your -- --
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