Implementing Pot Legalization in Colorado and Washington: Q&A with David Bienenstock and Harris Kenny


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Last November, Coloradans and Washingtonians voted to legalize marijuana. For those fed up with marijuana prohibition, the moment was an important victory and, perhaps, an indicator that marijuana prohibition nationally is coming to an end. For reformers in Colorado and Washington, however, the work is just beginning. Implementating the new laws will not be easy, and there are lots of big questions that will need to be answered.

Will adult tourists visiting Colorado and Washington be allowed to buy pot? Will adults be allowed to smoke pot in coffee shops or private clubs? Will adults who legaliy smoke pot be eligible for federal grants? How will the federal government respond?

In February, Reason TV's Paul Feine, David Bienenstock, Harris Kenny and some friends of Reason gathered in Reason's LA studio to learn more about the challenge of implementing the new pot laws. David Bienenstock is an editor at High Times magazine and the author of the recently published Legalized It!: Inside Colorado and Washington State's Historic Votes to End Marijuana Prohibition. Harris Kenny is a Reason Foundation policy analyst and a member of Colorado's Amendment 64 implementation task force.

Approximately 24 minutes. Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning.

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