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Public Policy Professor Angela Hawken Coauthors New Book

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Angela HawkenAngela Hawken, associate professor of public policy, recently published Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, July 2012) with Jonathan P. Caulkins (Carnegie Mellon), Beau Kilmer (RAND), and Mark A. R. Kleiman (UCLA) as coauthors.

The book provides a nonpartisan introduction to questions of marijuana legalization, including the risks and benefits of its use and describing the current laws regulating the drug in the U.S. and abroad. Hawken and her coauthors discuss the likely costs and benefits of legalization at the state and national levels and explore policy options between prohibition and commercialized production, in addition to how marijuana legalization could personally impact parents, heavy users, medical users, drug traffickers, and employers.

Thomas Schelling, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, observed, “Here is a book by four leading experts who collaborate in answering questions about marijuana and its possible legalization

. . . a remarkable collaboration, and a pioneering format worth emulating.”

Hawken teaches classes in applied research methods, statistics, crime, and social policy, and her research interests focus on drugs, crime, and corruption. She has delivered testimonies to

many state legislatures and to the U.S. Congress on issues related to U.S. drug policy.

Learn more about Professor Hawken: publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu