Our Policy

The central tenant of our policy is to encourage legalization of marijuana in a reasonably regulated legal market that minimizes the illegal market for marijuana and doesn’t treat marijuana as if prohibition is only “half-abolished” while protecting the concerns of citizens.  The key planks of our platform include:
  • Access: Ensure sufficient access for customers and patients so that they don’t turn to illegal markets or are deprived of a legal source of purchase. Looking at existing illegal market data in legalized markets, we strongly believe that a dispensary densities of at least 1/7,000 people is necessary to prevent oversized illegal markets and enable sufficient patient access.
  • Lab Testing: Mandate robust standards for lab testing and requires labs to maintain independence from licensed operators. Periodically review and revise standards as research on cannabis evolves.
  • Safety: Continuously seek to improve safety for consumers and minimize negative externalities to the general public. Keep regulations tailored to these needs and seek cost-effective means to accomplish these goals while not breaking marijuana markets.  Adopting an iterative and responsive approach to legislation that addresses issues as they arise or seem likely to arise as opposed to over-regulating in the absence of any data.
  • Taxation: Keep initial tax rates low and avoid multiplicative layers of taxation across levels of government to minimize the illegal market, encourage customers to use the system and ensure sufficient margins for marijuana businesses to spend on lab testing and infrastructure.
  • Efficient Markets: Ensure that the marijuana industry has a chance to succeed by minimizing restrictions on cross-licensure or requirements for unnecessary layers like monopolistic, independent distributors (e. Tied House). Ensure requirements for licensing are well tailored to legitimate needs such as public safety, taxation or enforcement.
  • Enforcement: Ensure that enforcement efforts against illegal operators is based on an evidentiary approach and that law enforcement or regulators have a clearly tasked mission that protects consumers and clearly delineates the legal market. Accept that law enforcement or regulatory policing are the only means to accomplish these goals and attempts to utilize tax authorities, consumer penalties, advertising restrictions or other circuitous means of enforcement have consistently failed in other industries (g. livery cabs, alcohol, home sharing).