A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition

(The New Press, 2014)

Book Forum
May 30, 2014 4:00PM
Policy Center with Foyer
Featuring Alyson Martin & Nushin Rashidian, Co-Authors, A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis ProhibitionBetty Aldworth, Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy; Former Spokesperson for Colorado’s Amendment 64 Campaign; moderated by Caleb O. Brown, Director of Multimedia, Cato Institute.

In November 2012 voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use—a first not only in the United States but also the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in 22 states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals. Public opinion continues to shift toward policies that favor increased personal liberty on the issue of cannabis.

In A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition, investigative journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian present an expert analysis of how recent milestones toward legalization will affect the war on drugs both domestically and internationally. Reporting from nearly every state with a medical cannabis law, the book features in-depth interviews with patients, growers, doctors, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, and regulators. The result is a unique account of how legalization is manifesting itself in the lives of millions.

Please join us for a discussion of this book and the changing tide of public opinion on prohibition.