Time to Legalize?

National Criminal Justice Month

Time to Legalize?
A Public Discussion on Marijuana Law and Policy

"""Time to Legalize? A Public Discussion on Marijuana Law and Policy" took place a week after a ballot measure to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for recreational use in Alaska was officially certified for inclusion in the August 19, 2014 primary election as Ballot Measure 2. (Read the initiative here.) Ballot Measure 2 was eventually moved to the November 4, 2014 general election, and was approved by a vote of 53% to 47%. Over 200 students, faculty, and members of the public attended.

The event was moderated by Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, collected questions from the audience and Twitter via the Justice Center's Twitter account. The program was held March 5, 2014 at Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA campus. Photos and additional information about the event can be found on the the Justice Center blog.

The event was sponsored by the Justice Center at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), as part of National Criminal Justice Month 2014, and was co-sponsored by UAA Justice Club.

Panelists

Read the panelist biographies.

  • Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York City
  • Sheriff Lance Buchholtz (Ret.), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
  • Ben Cort, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)
  • Dean Guaneli, former Chief Assistant Attorney General for Alaska
  • Taylor Bickford, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska
  • Prof. Jason Brandeis,J.D., UAA Justice Center, moderator
  • Dr. Troy Payne, UAA Justice Center, Twitter moderator
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Event panelists (left to right): Ben Cort, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM); Sheriff Lance Buchholtz (Ret.), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP); Taylor Bickford, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska; Prof. Jason Brandeis, UAA Justice Center, moderator; Ethan Nadelmann, Drug Policy Alliance; Dean Guaneli, former Alaska Assistant Attorney General; Dr. Troy Payne, UAA Justice Center. Photo by Barbara Armstrong

Video

"Time to Legalize? A Public Discussion on Marijuana Law and Policy" (streaming video; 2 hrs. 7 mins.)

Media reports