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National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
CLAJ Seminar
Seminar on Legal Cannabis: Legal and Policy
Questions and Research Opportunities

June 20, 2013
The Keck Center of National Academies
500 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
(Conference Room 100)

As part of its semiannual meeting in Washington DC, the National Academies' Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) held a half-day seminar on legal cannabis for the benefit of our sponsor, the National Institute of Justice, and other interested stakeholders. The seminar focused on research opportunities presented by the current changes and legalizations, and unmet research needs for sound decision-making. A panel of experts provided background on the regulatory issues around legal cannabis and the available scientific evidence and examined the similarities and contrasts with alcohol and tobacco.

Invited panelists included:
  • David Blake, Deputy Attorney General, Colorado State Attorney General's Office
  • Richard Bonnie, Professor of Medicine and Law and Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, University of Virginia
  • Beau Kilmer, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles and CLAJ member
The seminar took place in a roundtable format intended to exchange information and inform federal representatives. Initial presentations by invited panelists were followed by a period of discussion among the committee and panelists. 

Video of the Seminar
Welcome and Introductions - Jeremy Travis (CLAJ Chair), John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Panel Presentations

Moderator: Charles Manski (CLAJ member), Northwestern University

Beau Kilmer, RAND

Mark Kleiman (CLAJ member), University of California, Los Angeles

David Blake, Colorado State Attorney General’s Office

Richard Bonnie, University of Virginia

What are the Research Opportunities That Would Inform Regulation?

Discussion among CLAJ and Panel Members


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