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Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Months into state experiment, first death officially linked to marijuana legalization in Colorado"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & P0licy excerpts and discusses a news report. His concluding remarks:

This story is already getting coverage in national newspapers, and it will now be interesting to see whether and how opponents of marijuana reform might actively use this sad development in support of their arguments against reform efforts.  Notably, at age 19, Levy Thamba was technically underage and thus his recreation marijuana use was not legal.  But that fact itself reinforces the arguments of opponents of marijuana reform that legalization makes it easier and more likely that underage persons will have access and be eager to try marijuana products.

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