WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
29 May 2013 | Video

The Politics of Marijuana Legalization: Emerging Consensus or New Divide?

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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 Studies at the Brookings Institution and the Washington Office on Latin America will 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.

Join the Twitter conversation at #MJLegalization.