International Impacts of the U.S. Trend towards Legal Marijuana

17 October 2014 - Event
17 October 2014

WOLA and the Brookings Institution are pleased to invite you to an event

Moderated by

John Walsh
Senior Associate


Sandeep Chawla
Former Deputy Executive Director and Director of Research and Policy
UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Lisa Sanchez
Program Manager
México Unido Contra la Delincuencia and Transform Drug Policy Foundation

Wells Bennett
Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
Managing Editor, Lawfare

Martin Jelsma
Director, Drugs and Democracy Program
Transnational Institute

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Join the discussion on Twitter at #BIMJ.

For decades, the United States has been a champion of the global drug control treaty system, which limits the use of marijuana exclusively to medical and scientific purposes, and obligates governments to punish and even criminalize recreational marijuana activity. But American attitudes toward marijuana policy are shifting: voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to legalize regulated recreational marijuana in 2012, and recent polls suggest that the majority of Americans think marijuana use should be legalized. How might a shift in American marijuana policies affect the prohibitionist drug treaty system? What debates are taking place in other countries over marijuana policy?

On October 17, in collaboration with the Washington Office on Latin America, Governance Studies at Brookings will host a forum to discuss the international repercussions of the United States’ changing approach towards marijuana. A panel of experts will consider the possible ramifications for other countries and the international drug control regime.

After the program, speakers will take audience questions. This event will be live webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter at #BIMJ.