Politicians’ Viewpoints on Marijuana Legalization


Heather Fazio

Marijuana Policy Project

John Hudak

The Brookings Institute

Diane Russell

Maine House of Representatives

Politicians created the problem of prohibition by vilifying and criminalizing marijuana, and then they ran from the “m” word like it was a curse. But today, many politicians support reforming marijuana policy because marijuana frequently polls better than the politicians themselves. This panel explores why current and former political figures support regulating marijuana.

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Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Government
Level: Intermediate