I’m delighted to announce that my dear friend Sam Kamin, J.D., Ph.D., is joining the Board of Advisers of the Center for New Revenue. Sam is an old friend in marijuana policy years; we were on a panel for the Drug Policy Alliance in Denver in 2013, not long after my first article came out in 2011.
Sam is a Law Professor at the University of Denver. He is an expert scholar of marijuana law reform in Colorado and throughout the country. He sat on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force and worked with the ACLU and then-Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to formulate a set of best practices for marijuana regulation in California. (Sam and I were Co-Chairs of the Regulatory and Tax Working Group of that Newsom Commission.) In addition, he has written more than a dozen scholarly articles on the subject of marijuana law reform and co-authored the series “Altered State: Inside Colorado’s Marijuana Economy” for Slate Magazine, chronicling the impact of Colorado’s marijuana regulations on lawmakers, businesses and consumers. In the spring of 2015 he taught the nation’s first law school course on representing marijuana clients.