JURIST Podcast Episode 3
By Ian Everhart, JURIST Podcast Moderator
David Harris, a Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, joined JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart to discuss some of the implications of changing marijuana policy across the country. While marijuana has been legalized for medicinal use in some states, it was recently legalized for recreational use in Washington and Colorado, and we discuss some of the implications for criminal justice policy and policing. One notable point is that until the legal markets for cannabis products stabilize, police departments may not enjoy the “peace dividend” of reduced reliance on illicit sources and dealers. And so even where it’s legal to use, enforcement may have to be targeted at black market sources and producers.
Then JURIST writers and editors Zach Rivenbark, Josh Guckert, Genevieve Redd and Sean Gallagher participate in a roundtable discussing marijuana legalization, comparing and contrasting that policy with decriminalization, reviewing the history of marijuana (George Washington grew hemp at Mount Vernon!) and how marijuana became illegal. We discuss some of the implications of legalized sales and distribution, including the safety benefits of sale at retail outlets rather than seeking it out from drug dealers in dangerous neighborhoods.
Read more about marijuana legalization at JURIST’s feature: http://jurist.org/feature/featured/marijuana-legalization/ . For more news and legal analysis, visit JURIST’s website at JURIST.org.
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