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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Pot Consultant: 'The World's Going To Learn A Lot' From Washington


OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s new marijuana consultant says the world will learn a lot from the state’s move to legalize pot. Professor Mark Kleiman believes Washington is the right size state to try this voter-approved experiment.

And, he says, it bodes well that state regulators are taking it seriously.

“Even people that I know who really think that marijuana legalization is a bad idea and will not work out well, are enthusiastic about the idea that Washington is going to try it in a sensible way because then we’ll know something.”

Kleiman spoke on TVW’s “Inside Olympia” program hosted by our Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins.

A professor at UCLA, Kleiman has been in Washington this week for meetings at the Liquor Control Board. In the coming months Kleiman and his team will advise the Board on how to implement the state’s new marijuana legalization law.

On the Web:

Inside Olympia: Interview with Mark Kleiman - TVW 
Mark Kleiman profile - UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."