Marijuana legalization is on the minds of many U.S. policymakers these days. As state and local authorities work through the complex regulatory issues involved in legalizing this drug for recreational use, they often end up grappling with the public health consequences of product regulation. Because the legalization of marijuana is relatively new, many state and local governments have limited experience developing and implementing effective regulatory policies in this area. Presenters will describe important public health and tobacco control issues that states and localities regulating marijuana might want to consider, along with key takeaways from their experiences working on marijuana regulation in Oregon and Massachusetts.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Central Time
Michael Tynan, Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
D.J. Wilson, Tobacco Control Director for the Massachusetts Municipal Association
Char Day, Program Manager, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
Kerry Cork, J.D., Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at the Public Health Law Center