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31 Jul 2014 | Publication | News

Colorado’s Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding

WOLA/Brookings Report
July 2014
In November 2012, Colorado voters decided to experiment with marijuana, passing a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational cannabis. It was a bold move, but it also required quick, bold, and unprecedented action on the part of the state government to implement the policy. Colorado needed to set up a legal, regulatory, and tax system so that product would be available in dispensaries by January 1, 2014. As part of an examination of Colorado’s implementation and roll out, Brookings’ John Hudak spent a week in Denver interviewing elected officials, regulators, industry officials, and others playing a variety of roles and including supporters and opponents of legalization policy.

Hudak reports that the state of Colorado has largely succeeded in rolling out a legal marijuana system, and its early implementation efforts have been impressive. This report details what has been successful, how Colorado has achieved an effective roll out, and what challenges remain.

For a fact sheet on the report, please click here.
To read a Q&A with the author, please click here.
To see a comparison of the legal marijuana systems in Colorado and Washignton, please click here.
To read the full report, please click here.