Terrazo / FlickrColorado Legalization a “Success,” Says Influential Think Tank Raul Duke August 2, 2014 420 Times Exclusives, Activism, Exclusive Web Content, Featured, Growing, Know Your Rights, Politics, Recreational Cannabis, The Business Side Of Recreational Cannabis, The Law, The United State Of Weed, The War On DrugsIt’s one thing when pro-cannabis organizations say that Colorado’s experiment with legal recreational pot has gone swimmingly.But it’s quite another when the bow-tie wearing nerds at one of the world’s most influential think tanks say it has been “a success.”That’s the declaration this week of the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution. Getting recreational legalization right wasn’t easy. John Hudak, who authored the Brookings report on Colorado’s experience so far, says:Setting up a legal retail marijuana industry was an unprecedented policy change. Whenever legislators, regulators, and industry actors are facing a big change with very little experience, it poses tremendous risks of failure. Moreover, marijuana is prohibited by federal law. It’s a real challenge for the state to implement legalization within that frame.Hudak credited politicians, including a governor who opposed legalization, with setting their personal beliefs aside in order to implement effective policy. Even cops, he says, set aside their bias:I found different groups in the state—particularly law enforcement and health care—retraining, rethinking, and gathering information on what legalization means for them. In a polarized political environment, oftentimes the immediate reaction to a controversial change is just outright opposition. Colorado has shown a real willingness to build the new reality into its own reality.Hear that, California? One Response Colorado Legalization a “Success,” Says Influential Think TankPassinGrass August 2, 2014 […] Read More From The 420 Times: […] Log in to ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.