"An amazingly thoughtful and informative book that covers every aspect of marijuana and its legalization. This should be required reading for anyone thinking about these issues."  - Steven Levitt author of Freakonomics

"Marijuana Legalization is a model for how to discuss difficult and divisive issues. Both sides of the drug debate will come away wiser from having read this book." - Malcolm Gladwell author of The Tipping PointBlink, and Outliers

"[I]t’s the book you need to read if you’re serious about marijuana legalization and how to do it right.” - Paul Glastris, editor in chief of the Washington Monthly 

Reviews for the First Edition

“Here is a book by four leading experts who collaborate in answering questions about marijuana and its possible legalization. Everything you might want to ask, answered crisply and accurately! And the four authors give, at the end, their separate recommendations: they differ, but they’ve agreed on 149 answers. A remarkable collaboration, and a pioneering format worth emulating.” Thomas Schelling, Nobel Laureate in Economics

“[T]his is probably the best writing about marijuana legalization that has ever been done.” Pete Guither at DrugWarRant.com

“[M]arijuana regulation, like any public-policy issue, is much more complex and tangled than advocates on either side will acknowledge, and Marijuana Legalization is intent on respecting these nuances. What’s notable—and important—about theMarijuana Legalization book is the consensus the four researchers were able to forge on a broad set of issues related to marijuana regulation, despite the fact that they all came in with different beliefs about the drug.” Jesse Singal at the Daily Beast

“…destined to become indispensable in the field of drug policy research.” David Downs at East Bay Express

“This is an admirably thorough, well-balanced, fair, and sensible assessment of this particular issue within the larger context of federal drug policy. The authors are specialists in the field, and seem determined to explain the problem rather than offer dogmatic solutions. Marijuana Legalization explores such pertinent details as the current state of research on cannabis, what “legalization” precisely means, and whether existing drug policies are consistent either with common sense or our constitutional heritage.” Philip Terzian at the Weekly Standard

“I’m going to start out by saying if you have any interest whatsoever in the drug legalization debate, then run – don’t walk – to your local or online bookstore and get this book.” - Sylvia Longmire, Mexico’s Drug War

Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know couldn’t be more timely. A collaborative effort by four academic drug policy researchers, this tome is thoughtful, thorough, and balanced as it addresses the wide array of issues and disputes associated with changing pot policy. One can only hope that politicians charged with voting on marijuana policy reform would read it, or at least, that their staffs would do so and offer them up a nicely bullet-pointed précis.” Philip Smith at StopTheDrugWar.org