Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Marijuana Regulatory Policy: Lessons from Western States

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

222 Richmond Street, Warren Alpert Medical School Building, Providence, RI

Open to the public but registration is required.

Important public policy decisions are currently being considered regarding the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal use in Rhode Island. Before the state can consider legalizing recreational marijuana, it is imperative to discuss the challenges of creating a robust regulatory framework for a new industry, the cost-benefit analysis of creating a government oversight structure and enforcement of the industry, and the integration of recreational marijuana with the current medical marijuana environment.

Panelists include government officials and industry leaders from states that have legalized recreational marijuana and medical marijuana:

  • Marley Bordovsky, Assistant Director, Prosecution and Code Enforcement, Denver City Attorney's Office who directs all marijuana issues in the Denver City Attorney’s Office
  • Darwin Roberts, Esq., Washington State Deputy Attorney General
  • Adam Darnell, PhD, Senior Research Associate for the Washington State Institute on Public Policy and author of I-502 Evaluation Plan and Preliminary Report on Implementation, a benefit-cost analysis of Washington’s legalization of non-medical cannabis
  • Todd Mitchem, Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production
  • Jason Lewis, Massachusetts State Senator and Chair, Senate Special Committee on Marijuana

Co-sponsored by Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, Conference of Western Attorneys General, and Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy.