This series of free public talks reviews the current state of research on the general topic of marijuana for medical purposes, provides space for an informed discussion on the legal aspects of marijuana use and provides perspectives from the licensed production, genetics, pharmaceutical utility, medical profession, and human behavioural aspects of marijuana.
Beau Kilmer is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he codirects the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research lies at the intersection of public health and public safety, with a special emphasis on crime control, substance use, illicit markets, and public policy.
Some of his current projects include estimating the size of drug markets; assessing the consequences of alternative marijuana policies; measuring the effect of 24/7 Sobriety programs on drunk driving, domestic violence, and mortality; and evaluating other innovative programs intended to reduce crime.
Kilmer's research has appeared in leading journals such as Addiction, American Journal of Public Health, Lancet Psychiatry, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His commentaries have been published by CNN, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Newsweek, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and other outlets. His co-authored book on marijuana legalization was published by Oxford University Press and the second edition was released in 2016.
He serves as an assistant editor for Addiction and is a trustee of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy.
Kilmer received a NHSTA Public Service Award for his “leadership and innovation in the areas of alcohol and drug-impaired driving program and policy research” and his co-authored work on 24/7 Sobriety received honourable mention for the Behavioural Exchange Award for Outstanding Research.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, his M.P.P. from the University of California-Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.