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Author Caulkins, Jonathan P. (Jonathan Paul), 1965-

Title Considering marijuana legalization : insights for Vermont and other jurisdictions / Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, Mark A.R. Kleiman, Robert J. MacCoun, Gregory Midgette, Pat Oglesby, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Peter H. Reuter
Published Santa Monica : RAND Corporation, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 196 pages) : color maps, color charts
Series Research report ; RR-864
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-864
Contents Preface -- Summary -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Introduction : A brief overview of marijuana policy -- The marijuana landscape in Vermont -- Consequences of marijuana use -- Supply architectures -- Taxation and other sources of revenue -- Regulation -- How legalization in Vermont could influence tax revenue, consumption, and public budgets -- Closing remarks -- Appendices
Cover; Copyright; Preface; Contents; Figures; Tables; Summary; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Chapter One: Introduction; A Brief Overview of Marijuana Policy; Report Overview; Chapter Two: The Marijuana Landscape in Vermont; Introduction; Marijuana Laws in Vermont; Marijuana Prevention and Treatment in Vermont; Indicators of Marijuana Use in Vermont; Estimating the Size of the Marijuana Market in Vermont in 2014; Criminal Justice Costs Associated with Marijuana Prohibition in Vermont; Concluding Thoughts; Chapter Three: Consequences of Marijuana Use; Introduction; Limitations of Existing Studies; Consequences of Marijuana Consumption on Health; Consequences of Marijuana Consumption on Other Outcomes; Consequences of Marijuana Prohibition; Substitution for or Complementarity with Other Substances; Concluding Thoughts; Chapter Four: Supply Architectures; Introduction; The Commonly Discussed Options; The Middle-Ground Options; The Extreme Options; Concluding Thoughts; Chapter Five: Taxation and Other Sources of Revenue; Introduction; Bases for Taxing Marijuana; Collection Point; Mechanisms for Changing the Tax Burden.; Fees and Auctions; Other Revenue Considerations; Concluding Thoughts; Chapter Six: Regulation; Introduction; A Regulatory Checklist; A Closer Examination of Eight Regulatory Decisions for Legal Marijuana; Concluding Thoughts; Chapter Seven: How Legalization in Vermont Could Influence Tax Revenue, Consumption, and Public Budgets; Introduction; Potential Revenue from Taxing Vermonters' Marijuana Consumption When the Only Competition Comes from the Black Market; Sales to Marijuana Tourists and Exports; Threats to Tax-Revenue Collection in the Longer Run; Cost of Regulation; Concluding Thoughts; Chapter Eight: Closing Remarks: Introduction; Uncertainty; Weighing Policy Options; Final Thoughts for Vermont; Appendixes; A. Evidence Concerning Substitution and Complementarity; B. Business Deductions and U.S. Code Title 26 Section 280E; References
Summary "Marijuana legalization is a controversial and multifaceted issue that is now the subject of serious debate. Since 2012, four U.S. states have passed ballot initiatives to remove prohibition and legalize a for-profit commercial marijuana industry. Voters in Washington, D.C., took the more limited step of passing an initiative to legalize home production and personal possession. In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country to experiment with legalization nationwide. In May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that required the Secretary of Administration to provide a report about the consequences of legalizing marijuana. This report was produced for the Secretary of Administration in response to that legislation. The report does not make a recommendation about whether Vermont should change its marijuana laws. The goal is to inform, not sway, discussions about the future of marijuana policy in Vermont and other jurisdictions considering alternatives to traditional marijuana prohibition. The principal message of the report is that marijuana policy should not be viewed as a binary choice between prohibition and the for-profit commercial model we see in Colorado and Washington. Legalization encompasses a wide range of possible regimes, distinguished along at least four dimensions: the kinds of organizations that are allowed to provide the drug, the regulations under which those organizations operate, the nature of the products that can be distributed, and price. These choices could have profound consequences for health and social well-being, as well as job creation and government revenue"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-196)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed March 2, 2016)
Subject Drug legalization -- United States.
Drug legalization -- Vermont.
Marijuana abuse -- United States.
Marijuana abuse -- Vermont.
Marijuana -- Government policy -- United States.
Marijuana -- Government policy -- Vermont.
Marijuana -- Taxation -- United States.
Marijuana -- Taxation -- Vermont.
Marijuana Abuse.
United States.
Genre/Form EBooks (www)
Form Electronic book
Author Kilmer, Beau.
Kleiman, Mark.
MacCoun, Robert J.
Midgette, Gregory.
Oglesby, Pat.
Pacula, Rosalie Liccardo, 1968-
Reuter, Peter H.
Rand Corporation, publisher, issuing body
ISBN 0833088777 (electronic bk.)
9780833088772 (electronic bk.)