In 2012 Colorado and Washington became the first states to adopt voter-approved initiatives to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and to regulate the drug similar to the regulation of alcohol. Are similar initiatives coming to other states, and what are the implications for communities’ marijuana use trends and for addiction treatment programs?
At the 2013 National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), a panel made up of individuals on both sides of the legalization issue, including those who have worked directly on marijuana legalization and medical marijuana debates at the state and national levels, discussed what it would mean to change current marijuana prohibition policies. Panel members also weighed in on how they believe addiction professionals and facilities should position themselves in this timely and sensitive debate.
The panelists were:
- Amanda Reiman, California Policy Manager, Drug Policy Alliance
- Ben Cort, Board Member of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana); Business Development Team Member, Center for Dependency, Rehabilitation and Recovery (CeDAR)
- Kevin Sabet, Director, Drug Policy Institute and Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine, Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, President, Policy Solutions Group, Inc.
In this podcast, the three panelists discuss the public sentiment and what that means for this conversation.