Washington State has finally selected their pot czar - drug policy analyst and UCLA professor Mark Kleiman.
Colorado – along with Washington state voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in November even though federal law says its illegal.
Washington State Liquor Control Board announced Tuesday that they selected Botec Analysis Corp., a company that will 'advise Washington state officials as they develop rules for the state's new industry in legal, taxed marijuana.'
Dr. Kleiman is project leader and according to the press release teaches "public policy at UCLA. He is an expert in many aspects of criminal and drug policy, including probation and parole, incarceration, and marijuana policy. He is the co-author of the book Marijuana Legalization: What Everybody Needs to Know."
OutFront tonight: Mark Kleiman, Chair, BOTEC Analysis Corp and Prof. of Public Policy, UCLA. FULL POST
Washington, which has been looking high and low for a someone to help them manage their new *legal* marijuana business, announced it's finally filled the position.
We first brought you this story back in January and today after sifting through countless applications it was decided – that the state needs more than a pot czar - it needs an entire pot posse.
CNN's Casey Wian has the story.
Now to Washington State, where the business of pot is getting out of control.
When Outfront first brought you this story in January, state authorities were searching "high" and low for a "Pot Czar" to help them manage their new marijuana business.
Colorado - along with Washington state - voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in November even though federal law says its illegal.
The search for pot czar, though, continues...and there's high interest in the position.
CNN's Paul Vercammen has the story.
In Washington State, where officials are searching high and low for someone to help them grow pot.
Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use, and before they start producing and selling it in mass quantities, they are looking for an "expert" in the field.
You've heard of pot brownies... how about a pot czar?
CNN's Paul Vercammen is OutFront on this story.
Recent celebrations over legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington may prove to be short-lived. The Obama administration is signaling it may step in and actively enforce federal drug laws which still outlaw smoking marijuana.
And that could create a very a tricky political balancing act for President Obama.
CNN Contributor John Avlon is OutFront on this story.