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May 21, 2013 2:30 pm
End Date:
May 21, 2013 3:30 pm
Cannon House Office Building, Room 121
Cannon House Office Building, Room 121, Washington, DC, United States

Legal Marijuana in Colorado and Washington:
Implementation and Implications of the New State Laws


Jack Finlaw
Chief Legal Counsel, Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Co-Chair, Governor’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force

Alison Holcomb
Drug Policy Director, ACLU of Washington State
Campaign Director, New Approach Washington (Initiative 502)

Mark A. R. Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy, UCLA
Visiting Fellow, National Institute of Justice


John Walsh
Senior Associate, WOLA

Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) will make opening remarks.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cannon House Office Building, Room 121
Washington, DC

The event is open to the public, but space is limited. To RSVP, please click here.
Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Adam Schaffer at or (202) 797-2171.

Last November, Colorado and Washington voters approved ballot initiatives to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana—decisions that put them at odds with federal law, which continues to ban marijuana. The states are moving ahead with implementation of their unprecedented laws in the face of uncertainty regarding the response of the federal government.

An expert panel with in-depth knowledge of the Colorado and Washington initiatives will discuss how the new laws are being implemented and the key challenges in creating regulatory regimes for recreational marijuana even as the federal ban remains in place.

This event has been organized to meet the requirements for a widely attended event as set forth in the Congressional ethics rules.