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28 May 2013 | News

The Politics of Marijuana Legalization

Introduction and Moderator
Jonathan Rauch
Guest Scholar, Governance Studies, Brookings

E.J. Dionne Jr.
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings
William A. Galston
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings
The Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies
Anna Greenberg
Senior Vice President, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research

Sean Trende
Senior Elections Analyst, RealClearPolitics
Wednesday, May 29
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
The Brookings Institution
Saul/Zilkha Rooms
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20036

For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact Adam Schaffer at [email protected] or call (202) 797-2171.

Last November, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana, and they may not be the last; legalization now has the support of about half the country, up from 25 percent two decades ago. But legalization remains controversial among the public and contrary to federal law and policy. Is a new national consensus emerging, or a new stage of the culture war? Either way, what are the implications? 

On May 29, Governance Studiesat the Brookings Institution and the Washington Office on Latin Americawill host a public forum to discuss changing attitudes towards marijuana legalization. Brookings Senior Fellows William Galston and E.J. Dionne will present findings of a detailed study of evidence from opinion surveys, some of it newly available. Two experts on politics and public opinion will comment. After the program, speakers will take audience questions.

This event will be livestreamed at www.wola.org. Join the Twitter conversation at #MJLegalization.