About this project
*UPDATE 2: 'After Legalization' was the subject of an awesome WeActRadio Special Report. Watch below:
*UPDATE 1: Check out my great conversation with Medical Marijuana Radio. Click here to watch the video; my talk begins around 21:50.
When it comes to marijuana in the United States, it is no longer a question of when, but how it will be legalized.
After Legalization: The Future of Marijuana Policy is a creative exploration of one likely future for legal marijuana that will give readers a sense of the coming battles, relevant players and political dynamics which will dominate the issue in the coming years.
58% of Americans support ending marijuana prohibition, and Colorado and Washington State have already passed historic ballot initiatives to tax and regulate pot. It is undeniable that the United States will eventually legalize marijuana.
But how will it happen, and what will America look like after legalization? What should be the age limit? Will we tightly restrict its sale to only a few specialty stores, or will it be allowed on the shelves at every shopping market in the country? Should we give individuals free rein to grow as much as they want, or will we limit production to a few licensed farms?
If you care about the answers to these and other questions on the future of marijuana policy, this is a pivotal moment. I hope this book will help people identify the myriad challenges that lay before us, understand what critical decisions will be made in the next few years, and how these choices will shape our culture for decades to come.
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About the author
I've been reporting and advocating for marijuana legalization at Firedoglake with our Just Say Now campaign for the past three years. During that time I have been steadily researching and writing this book.
What will my contribution be used for?
After Legalization is now almost entirely written, but money is still needed to complete the final steps before it can be published. The funds raised will be used to pay for editing, proof reading, graphic design, formatting, printing and promoting the book. With your help, I hope to have the book published before Christmas and right before the first marijuana retail stores open in Colorado in January.
Tell me more about the gifts!
Due to financial restraints, all thank you gifts will be available for US shipping only.
Ebook copies for all pledges of $9 or more
Since the book is completed and just needs final editing, publishing the ebook will take very little time once we reach our goal. They will be available in December 2013.
I also expect to have paperback copies available in December. This is a very tight deadline, however, and in the event that paperbacks are not ready for December, they will be sent in January, 2014.
Limited Edition T-shirt
Isn't this t-shirt awesome? Award winning artist David Cran designed them just for you, and they will be two-color prints on white cotton shirts. But they're only going to be available through this Kickstarter campaign, so make sure to get yours now!
For contributions over $250, I will give a talk on the future of marijuana policy in the United States via Skype or other telecommunications software.
In-person speaking engagement
For individuals or groups that make a generous contribution over $1,000, I will travel anywhere within the United States to participate in a talk on the future of marijuana policy.
How will the book be published?
The book will be available in both paperback and electronic formats.
Have other questions? Don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
While I have set a tight timeline, getting the ebook to backers in mid-December shouldn't be a problem, since it is much easier to distribute than physical copies of the book.
Given the extra steps and complexity involved in having the book printed, that will be the tougher goal to reach, but I believe I can have those versions to backers before Christmas as long as I have the funding. If I am unable to fulfill paperback copies in December, they will be sent to backers in January, 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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