Film Premiere

Code of the West

March 12, 2013 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium

With comments from Julie Stewart, Founder and President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums; and Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.

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Although it is a federal crime to possess marijuana in nearly all circumstances, a number of states are adopting different policies. Today 18 states and Washington, DC have legalized medical marijuana use for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. Some states have gone further. Last November, voters in Colorado and Washington approved initiatives that will legalize marijuana for adult use, regardless of medical condition. Code of the West is a film about the messy marijuana policy debate in Montana. Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the lamplight of marijuana grow houses, and the bustling halls of the State Capitol, Code of the West captures the human story behind both the legislative debate and the recent federal crackdown on Montanans who entered the medical marijuana business. Join us for a discussion of the many issues raised by the film, including the tension between federal and state law, mandatory minimum sentencing, and shifting public opinion regarding marijuana policy reform.