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Thursday, October 31 • 8:00am - 9:15am
Breakfast: Is the End of Cannabis Prohibition in the United States Near? (Sponsored by Altria Client Services)

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Cannabis prohibition and the lessons learned have left a distinct impression on America. Skeptical attitudes toward cannabis prohibition in the United States appear to be coming to an end. An October 2018 Gallup poll found that 66 percent of Americans now support legalizing cannabis—another new record in Gallup's trend over nearly half a century.

This panel will explore the many policy questions surrounding the future of cannabis in this country, such as:
  • Should prohibition be lifted federally or state-by-state?
  •  How should states and the federal government regulate the product?
  •  What are the public safety and public health concerns?
  •   What is the appropriate taxation system, and should the funds be restricted to specific uses?
  •  Should social justice reform be part of the discussion?
  •  What is seen as the best outcome for the country?
These challenges and opportunities will certainly affect the development of state and federal legislative, regulatory, and fiscal policies moving forward.

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Melissa Kuipers Blake

Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Dubbed "The Negotiator" by ColoradoBiz Magazine and a "power lobbyist" by Colorado Politics, Melissa Kuipers Blake is a leading lobbyist and seasoned political strategist with more than 20 years of national political experience at the local, state and federal levels of government... Read More →
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Grover Norquist

President, Americans for Tax Reform
Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels and supports tax reform... Read More →
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Yaël Ossowski

Deputy Director, Consumer Choice Center
Yaël Ossowski is an international consumer advocate and writer. He’s currently deputy director for the Consumer Choice Center. Since 2010, he has worked as a journalist and grassroots organizer with activists around the world and was previously Watchdog.org’s Florida Bureau... Read More →
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Tuttle Twins

217, Libertas Institute
The Tuttle Twins series close the gap, helping parents convey the principles of freedom to their kids in a fun way.Each book in this series focuses on a different aspect of the principles of a free society: free markets, competition, individual rights, the non-aggression principle... Read More →

Thursday October 31, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am MDT