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Taxing cannabis

Establishing sound tax policy is a key component of state and local cannabis reform efforts. In order to support a safe, well-regulated, and successful cannabis industry, it is imperative that governments set
appropriate tax rates. The total demand for cannabis in the U.S. (including the illicit market) is estimated to be around $52.5 billion annually.

Myth vs. fact

Opponents of medical and adult-use cannabis laws often make bold claims about the negative impact cannabis will have on individuals and communities. Examples of these claims include arguments that
cannabis is a “gateway drug,” that legalization will double traffic fatalities, or that cannabis use results in increased levels of drug abuse and addiction.

Cannabis concentrates

As state and local governments seek to regulate the cannabis industry, several common misconceptions have led to policy makers either banning or placing undue restrictions on the means
and methods of making cannabis concentrates and extracts.

Weedmaps GR overview

Weedmaps’ mission is to power a transparent and inclusive global cannabis economy, and has been a driving force behind much of the medical and adult-use cannabis legalization in the past decade. Founded
in Southern California in 2008, the visionary and innovative employees at Weedmaps are the architects and builders of the world’s most comprehensive cannabis-centric technology platform for both medical
patients and adult consumers.

Banking the U.S. cannabis industry

The cannabis industry’s lack of access to financial services has grown from a niche issue impacting a handful of states into a national issue impacting dozens—in fact, a majority—of states in the U.S.
Whereas a mere two states had adult-use cannabis laws on the books in 2012, nineteen states and the District
of Columbia had adopted adult-use cannabis laws as of June 2022.

Dispelling the gateway theory

Opponents of legal medical and adult-use cannabis often refer to cannabis as a “gateway drug” that increases the likelihood an individual will use harder substances, such as cocaine or heroin.
Anti-cannabis advocates also argue that legalizing cannabis could lead to an increase in opioid abuse. However, neither of these claims are supported by scientific evidence.

Cannabis Delivery

Licensing delivery of cannabis and cannabis products links both medical and adult-use consumers with safe, convenient and reliable access to legal cannabis and has applications in densely-populated and rural areas. Permitting delivery operators to gain licensure can also be a less challenging method of providing consumers with sufficient retail access while reducing unlicensed market activity.

National Overview

As of June 2022, forty-eight states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to allow some
form of legal access to cannabis or to decriminalize the use, possession, cultivation, or sale of cannabis.
Idaho, Nebraska, and Kansas have the strictest cannabis laws in the country.

California Voter Survey

This survey examined voter opinions on cannabis and asked whether cities and counties should be required to allow cannabis dispensaries if voters approved Proposition 64. Six in ten voters support this idea, including 2 in 3 Democrats and Independents, and majorities across regions and age groups.

10 things that will or won't happen when cannabis is legalized in your state

Currently 37 states across the country have legalized cannabis for medical purposes; with 19 of those states and the District of Columbia also legalizing adult-use (also known as “recreational”) cannabis.

World Aids Day Article

Mention “the 1980s” to most anyone and their recollection might range from the New Right to. The decade introduced us to England’s Lady Diana Spencer and her transformation into a global icon, ET: the Extraterrestrial, Madonna, Roseanne, the Cosby Family, the Carrington Dynasty and yuppies. Marked by consumerism, materialism and conservatism, the decade was epitomized by the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

Canada Market Research Backgrounder

Navigator conducted an online poll among 2000 adult Canadians. The survey was in field from January 13 to 19, 2021. All respondents were screened to ensure they were of legal age to use cannabis for recreational purposes (age 18+ in Alberta, age 21+ in Quebec and age 19+ in all other provinces/territories).

Local Benefits of Cannabis Retailers & Consumption Lounges in New York

On March 31, 2021, New York became the 16th state to legalize adult-use cannabis with the passage of the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA). Legal possession went into effect immediately, and cannabis sales will begin after the establishment of the Cannabis Control Board and subsequent promulgation of rules and regulations. The New York cannabis industry is expected to generate up to $245 million in tax revenue by fiscal year 2024-25 2 and could create an estimated 50,000 new jobs.

Why THC Limits are Misguided & Harmful

The misguided efforts by state lawmakers to limit the amount of THC in cannabis products are becoming
increasingly popular across the country. THC caps, favored by legalization opponents under the guise of
protecting public health and safety, would be detrimental to medical cannabis patients, consumers, and the
legal cannabis industry.

Six recommendations for effective cannabis policy

Rational, thoughtful, inclusive policy principles are critical to a safe, fair, and profitable cannabis marketplace. Such guidelines must take into account cannabis’ century-long history of prohibition, repercussions of the failed war on drugs, use as medicine, ability to generate tax revenue, and allure
as an adult-use product.

Minimizing the illicit market for cannabis in the US

Adult-use and medical cannabis legalization in the United States has reduced the overall size of illicit markets in legalized jurisdictions. Despite these reductions, a sizeable illicit market for cannabis continues to thrive in every legalized jurisdiction and undermines the benefits which legalized cannabis offers.

Patient privacy and MMJ medical registries

Among the 37 states with medical cannabis laws, several have patient registries that track medical cannabis use.1 Given the current federal landscape and the increasing number of hacking attempts on U.S. systems, a detailed patient registry raises critical concerns.

Cannabis-impaired driving

As a growing number of states adopt medical and adult-use cannabis laws, increased attention has been placed on cannabis-impaired driving and the policies that government officials can advance to proactively
address this important issue. The following paper provides relevant background on cannabis-impaired driving as well as best practices that government officials can incorporate into their broader cannabis
policy reform efforts.

Cannabis Industry Overview

National Overview

Economic Impact

Cannabis License Types

Public Opinion Polling on Cannabis

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