The Business Of Legalized Marijuana And Ongoing Health Concerns

A cannabis plant greets job seekers as they sign in at CannaSearch, Colorado's first cannabis job fair, on March 13, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. O.PenVAPE, the largest national brand in cannabis, held the first of it's kind Cannabis Job Fair hoping to match applicants with businesses in the Colorado marijuana industry. 
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A cannabis plant greets job seekers as they sign in at CannaSearch, Colorado's first cannabis job fair, on March 13, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. O.PenVAPE, the largest national brand in cannabis, held the first of it's kind Cannabis Job Fair hoping to match applicants with businesses in the Colorado marijuana industry.

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Business Of Legalized Marijuana And Ongoing Health Concerns

The booming business and changing politics of marijuana.

Across the country, public attitudes towards legalizing marijuana have shifted and state legislatures are responding. No state has gone as far as Washington State or Colorado—where marijuana sales are legal—but many are moving to decriminalize the drug or make it available for medical use. And cash strapped states considering legalization are closely watching Colorado where the governor recently predicted a tax windfall. But while politicians are more eager to get on board, public health officials continue to raise alarm bells about the safety of lighting up. Guest host Susan Page and her guests discuss the business and changing politics of marijuana.

Guests

Dr. Robert Dupont

president of the Institute for Behavior and Health and former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Eric Sterling

president, The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

Beau Kilmer

co-director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center and co-author of "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know".

Dr. Nora Volkow

director, National Institute on Drug Abuse of NIH.

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