Washington State Hired UCLA’s Mark Kleiman As Consultant on Pot Legalization


Washington state has hired UCLA professor Mark Kleiman as a consultant to help implement a new state law legalizing marijuana, reports the Seattle Times. Alison Holcomb, the law's author, said Kleiman's credentials could ease federal concerns about Washington's system evolving into an industry that tries to create addictions and market to young people. Kleiman's application said his firm, BOTEC Analysis, could do the job for $292 an hour. The Liquor Control Board budgeted $100,000 for expert consultants who will be advising in four areas: product knowledge; quality testing; analysis of demand; and development of regulations. Some pot advocates are wary of comments Kleiman made in 2010 that state-approved pot would still be illegal in the eyes of the federal government. Kleiman likes Washington's model, a tight form of commercialization, with high taxes and restrictions on advertising. He doubts it will be politically stable. “The industry would simply have too great an incentive to move it toward the alcohol model,” he wrote in a book on marijuana legalization.

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