100+ Members of the Academic Community Express Support For Amendment 64

For Immediate Release

August 28, 2012

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Betty Aldworth, 720-432-3889

*As Former Professor Obama Visits CSU, More Than 100 Members of the Academic Community Express Support For Amendment 64*

*CSU professors and former Obama colleagues at University of Chicago Law School among list of prominent national and Colorado professors*

DENVER – With President and former professor Barack Obama visiting Colorado State University (CSU) today, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is releasing a letter signed by more than 100 college professors from across the state and around the nation that expresses their support for Amendment 64, the initiative on this year’s ballot to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado.

*The full letter and an alphabetical list of signatories are pasted below, and they can be viewed online at ** http://www.RegulateMarijuana.org/Academics*<http://www.RegulateMarijuana.org/Academics>

The signatories represent various fields of study, including economics, law, and public health, among others, and they all agree marijuana prohibition has failed and Amendment 64 presents a sensible alternative. Among them are former colleagues of President Obama during his time as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, as well as professors from Colorado State University, where the president is speaking Tuesday.

“The time has come to take a more rational approach to marijuana policy,”

said University of Chicago Law School Professor Thomas Ginsburg. “By criminalizing marijuana, we are wasting scarce law enforcement resources, foregoing needed revenue, and channeling people toward the far more dangerous drug that kills tens of thousands each year – alcohol.”

“Contrary to its purpose, marijuana prohibition has helped create the conditions in which cartels flourish,” said Dr. Stephen Mumme, a CSU political science professor who specializes in comparative government with an emphasis on U.S.-Mexican relations. “It distorts development in Mexico, weakens local government, wreaks violence and insecurity along the border, and undercuts hard-won efforts to strengthen binational cooperation between our two countries. It’s time we try another approach.”

The letter highlights several of the failures of marijuana prohibition, as well as the benefits of replacing it with the system proposed by Amendment 64. In particular, it discusses how prohibition has failed to keep marijuana away from teens, and how teen use has decreased in Colorado since it began regulating medical marijuana, whereas it has increased nationwide.

It also describes how taxing and regulating marijuana would result in tens of millions of dollars per year in new tax revenues and criminal justice savings.

“This collective endorsement affirms our position that marijuana prohibition is a failed policy, and that regulating and taxing the production and sale of marijuana would be a much more effective approach,” said Betty Aldworth, advocacy director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is supporting Amendment 64. “It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that regulating marijuana like alcohol makes sense, but it certainly doesn’t hurt when more than 100 of them publicly acknowledge it.”

*The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting Amendment 64, a statewide initiative on the November ballot that would end marijuana prohibition and regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMarijuana.org*

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*A Letter of Support From Members of the Academic Community*

To the Voters of Colorado:

As professors in the fields of law, health, economics, and criminal justice, among others, we write this open letter to encourage a sensible, evidence-based approach to marijuana policy, and to endorse Amendment 64, the initiative on this year’s ballot to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado.

For decades, our country has pursued a policy of marijuana prohibition that has been just as ineffective and wasteful as alcohol prohibition. We have reviewed Amendment 64 and concluded that it presents an effective, responsible, and much-needed new approach for Colorado and the nation.

Marijuana prohibition has proven to be the worst possible system when it comes to protecting teens, driving marijuana into the underground market where proof of age is not required and where other illegal products might be available. In a regulated system, marijuana sales will be taken off the streets and put behind a counter where age restrictions are strictly enforced. There is evidence that regulating marijuana works. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marijuana use among Colorado high school students declined from 2009 to 2011, the time during which the state began regulating  medical marijuana sale. Meanwhile, it increased nationwide, where no such regulations were implemented.

Given our current economic climate, we must evaluate the efficacy of expensive government programs and make responsible decisions about the use of state resources. Enforcing marijuana prohibition is wasting our state’s limited criminal justice resources and eroding respect for the law. Our communities would be better served if the resources we currently spend to investigate, arrest, and prosecute people for marijuana offenses each year were redirected to focus on violent and otherwise harmful crimes. According to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, passage of Amendment 64 would immediately save local and state law enforcement officials more than $12 million per year, and it could save more than $36 million per year within the first five years. Paired with new state and local revenues, the initiative has the potential to generate more than $120 million per year for Colorado and its localities.

It is also important to note that Amendment 64 does not change existing laws regarding driving under the influence of marijuana, and it allows employers to maintain all of their current employment and drug-testing policies.

The State of Colorado, as well as our nation, have successfully walked the path from prohibition to regulation in the past. Eighty years ago, Colorado voters approved a ballot initiative to repeal alcohol prohibition at the state level, which was followed by repeal at the federal level. This year, we have the opportunity to do the same thing with marijuana and once again lead the nation toward more sensible, evidence-based laws and policies.

Please join us in supporting Amendment 64, the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol.

Sincerely,

*Burton Abrams

Professor of Economics

University of Delaware

Daron Acemoglu

Professor of Economics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Patricia A. Adler

Professor of Sociology

University of Colorado Boulder

Peter Adler

Professor of Sociology and Criminology

University of Denver

Sunil Aggarwal

Researcher, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation New York University School of Medicine

Ty Alper

Clinical Professor of Law

U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Howard Baetjer, Jr.

Lecturer, Department of Economics

Towson University

Jennifer Ball

Associate Professor of Economics

Washburn University

W. David Ball

Assistant Professor

Santa Clara School of Law

Randy Barnett

Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory Georgetown Law

Humberto Barreto

Elizabeth P. Allen Distinguished University Professor, Economics and Management DePauw University

Art Benavie

Emeritus Professor of Economics

University of North Carolina

Douglas A. Berman

Professor of Law

Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University*

Marc Bilodeau

Associate Professor of Economics

Indiana University

Cyrus Bina

Distinguished Research Professor of Economics University of Minnesota

Miriam W. Boeri

Associate Professor of Sociology

Kennesaw State University

Bruce Caldwell

Professor of Economics

Duke University

David Campbell

Lecturer in Economics

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business

Tapoja Chaudhuri

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Haverford College

Lawrence R. Cima

Associate Professor of Economics

John Carroll University

Richard D. Coe

Professor of Economics and Chair of the Faculty New College of Florida

Robert A. Collinge

Professor of Economics, Retired

University of Texas at San Antonio

Mike Cummings

Professor of Political Science and President’s Teaching Scholar University of Colorado Denver

William L. Davis

Professor of Economics

University of Tennessee at Martin

Dale DeBoer

Professor of Economics

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Ranjit S. Dighe

Chair and Professor, Department of Economics SUNY College at Oswego

K.K. DuVivier

Professor of Law

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Mitch Earleywine

Professor of Psychology

University at Albany

Fred Foldvary

Lecturer in Economics, San Jose State University Director, Civil Society Institute, Santa Clara University

Sean Fox

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics Kansas State University

Arthur Gilbert

Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver

Tom Ginsburg

Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar University of Chicago Law School

Michael D. Goldberg

Roland H. O’Neal Professor and Professor of Economics University of New Hampshire

Philip E. Graves

Professor of Economics

University of Colorado

Colleen E. Haight

Assistant Professor of Economics

San Jose State University

Robert M. Hardaway

Professor of Law

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Mark J. Heyrman

Clinical Professor of Law

University of Chicago Law School

Stephen Mumme

Professor of Political Science

Colorado State University

Leslie Irvine

Associate Professor of Sociology

University of Colorado Boulder

Habib Jam

Professor of Economics

Rowan University

Erika Joye

Instructor of Psychology

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Daniel Klein

Professor of Economics

George Mason University

Alex Kreit

Associate Professor of Law

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

William D. Lastrapes

Professor of Economics

University of Georgia

David Levine

John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Economics Washington University

Terry Liska

Professor Emeritus of Economics

University of Wisconsin

Mark J. Loewenstein

Monfort Professor of Commercial Law

University of Colorado Law School

David M. Long

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Brandman University

Leigh Maddox

Adjunct Professor of Law

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Ann Magennis

Professor of Anthropology

Colorado State University

Paul M. Mason

Professor of Economics

University of North Florida

Robert Melamede

Associate Professor of Biology

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Mark Montgomery

Donald L. Wilson Professor of Enterprise & Leadership, Economics Grinnell College

Suzanna K. Moran

Lawyering Process Professor

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Leon N. Moses

Emeritus Professor of Economics

Northwestern University

Peter Moskos

Professor, Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Tracy Mott

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Economics University of Denver

Stephen Mumme

Professor of Political Science

Colorado State University

Richard F. Muth

Calloway Professor of Economics Emeritus Emory University

Joanne Naughton

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Retired Mercy College

Thomas Nail

Postdoctoral Lecturer in Philosophy

University of Denver

Inder P. Nijhawan

Professor Emeritus, School of Business and Economics Fayetteville State University

Kevin O’Brien

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies University of Denver

Patrick O’Brien

Professor of Sociology

University of Colorado Boulder

Brendan O’Flaherty

Professor of Economics

Columbia University

Randall O’Reilly

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience University of Colorado Boulder

Michelle Oberman

Professor of Law

Santa Clara University School of Law

Alexandre Padilla

Associate Professor of Economics

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Pete Padilla

Instructor of Sociology

University of Colorado Denver

Michael Perelman

Professor of Economics

California State University

Dina Perrone

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

California State University – Long Beach

Mark J. Perry

Professor of Economics

University of Michigan

Chiara Piovani

Assistant Professor of Economics

University of Denver

Mark Pogrebin

Professor of Criminology

University of Colorado Denver

Raja Raghunath

Assistant Professor of Law

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Valerie Ramey

Professor of Economics

University of California, San Diego

Amanda Reiman

Lecturer, Social Welfare

University of California Berkeley

Leonard Riley

Instructor of Political Science

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Gregory Robbins

Professor of Religious Studies

University of Denver

Cesare Romano

Professor of Law

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Paul Rubin

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics Emory University

John Ruggiero

Edmund B. O’Leary Professor of Economics University of Dayton

David Sandoval

Professor of History (Ret.)

Colorado State University Pueblo

Raphael Sassower

Professor of Philosophy

University of of Colorado Colorado Springs

Scott Savage

Associate Professor of Economics

University of Colorado Boulder

Bill Schoen

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology

University of Colorado Denver

Andrew Abraham Schwartz

Associate Professor of Law

University of Colorado Law School

Hamid Shomali

Professor of Finance and Economics

Golden Gate University

Steven M. Shugan

McKethan-Matherly Eminent Scholar and Professor University of Florida

Jonathan Simon

Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law

U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Randy Simmons

Professor of Economics

Director of the Institute of Political Economy Utah State University

Kenneth Small

Professor Emeritus of Economics

University of California at Irvine

Ilya Somin

Professor of Law

George Mason University School of Law

Courtenay C. Stone

Professor of Economics

Ball State University

Robert N. Strassfeld

Professor of Law

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Nadine Strossen

Professor of Law

New York Law School

Scott Sumner

Professor of Economics

Bentley University

Shyam Gouri Suresh

Assistant Professor of Economics

Davidson College

Alex Tabarrok

Bartley J. Madden Professor of Economics George Mason University

Alex Thompson

Graduate Instructor of Sociology

University of Colorado Boulder

Richard H. Timberlake

Professor of Economics, Retired

University of Georgia

Alex Tokarev

Professor of Economics

Northwood University

John Tommasi

Senior Lecturer of Economics

Bentley University

Edward Tower

Professor of Economics

Duke University

Susan Tyburski

Lecturer on Law and Society

The Women’s College of the University of Denver

Mary Van Buren

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Colorado State University

Daniel A. Vigil

Assistant Dean and Adjunct Professor of Law University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Alexander “Sasha” Volokh

Associate Professor

Emory Law School

Mike Whitty

Adjunct Professor, School of Management

University of San Francisco

Madelyn V. Young

Associate Professor of Economics

Converse College

Edward H. Ziegler

Professor of Law and Robert B. Yegge Memorial Research Chair University of Denver

Joseph Zoric

Associate Professor of Economics, MBA Director Franciscan University of Steubenville

*Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.

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Attorney at Law

720 280 4067

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