AirTalk for December 30, 2013

Is 2014 the year California voters legalize marijuana?

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Tim Blakeley, manager of Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary, shows marijuana plant buds on May 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

2014 is going to be a big year for pot legalization advocates.

Colorado will usher in its legal marijuana market on New Year's Day, and Washington State will follow suit in the Spring. Drug Policy Alliance, a drug law reform advocacy group, predicts that similar ballot measures will be introduced in Oregon and Alaska.

In California, where a recent poll showed that 55 percent of voters support the legalization of recreational marijuana, four pot legalization initiatives have been filed for the November ballot.

Is 2014 the year that Californians would vote to legalize pot? Where is the movement on marijuana legalization heading nationally?

Guests:

Mark Kleiman, a Professor of Public Policy at UCLA and a nationally recognized expert in the field of crime and drug policy. He is co-author of “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Paul Chabot, founder of the Coalition for a Drug Free California


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