Time to Legalize? A Panel on Marijuana Law and Policy

DD_Marijuanadebate2This week on Addressing Alaskans, five panelists offering varying perspectives on marijuana law and policy discuss the implications of marijuana reform in Alaska, as well as nationwide. A wide range of topics are examined, including criminal justice, public health and economic questions. The discussion, featuring local and national experts, reveals the complex issues Alaskans will consider as they prepare to vote in August on a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.

Founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann, acted as keynote speaker as well as taking part in the discussion, which included questions from the public and was moderated by Jason Brandeis of the UAA Justice Center.

Their discussion, “Time to Legalize? A Public Discussion on Marijuana Law and Policy,” was hosted by the UAA Justice Center and recorded at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage.

BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

SPEAKERS (pictured right to left)

  • Ethan Nadelmann,  Founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance
  • Taylor Bickford, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska
  • Lance Buchholtz, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
  • Dean Guaneli,  Former Chief Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska
  • Ben Cort, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

RECORDED: March 5, 2014 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium

HOST: UAA Justice Center


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