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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cannabis Consumption Lounges

Consumption lounges are an emerging cannabis business model that offers a safe and legal place to consume cannabis. Consumption lounges can be affiliated with cannabis retail businesses or operate independently and bring a wide range of benefits to local communities and give entrepreneurs a means of exploring new and innovative business opportunities.

Responsible Advertising & Branding in the Cannabis Industry

Advertising is critical to a well-functioning legal cannabis market, as it allows licensed businesses to compete against the unregulated market, build brand awareness, foster customer loyalty, and increase revenue.

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.

Cannabis and the Environment

Young and burgeoning industries face an increasingly small window to implement meaningful sustainability solutions. With modern technological and economic advances, today’s business environment is especially conducive to rapid growth—and as growth accelerates, environmental caretaking usually stagnates.Without early attention to sustainability, changes in business practices become less likely, more costly, and more incremental.

Fact Sheets

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.

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.

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.

Local Benefits of Cannabis Retailers and 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.

America’s Attitude: Cannabis Legalization 

An overwhelming majority of Americans (68%) say cannabis should be legal.
A majority across all age groups and races/ethnicities support cannabis legalization.
More than 50% of Democrats, Republicans & Independents support legalization.

Reports and Articles

A More Perfect Union: 

A Primer on Union Organizing in the U.S. Cannabis Industry

On Labor Day 2022, there is an exciting story to tell; that story is not about a person, sect, race, or nation. It is largely a story about a plant—cannabis—and specifically, the labor movement’s success in organizing unions within the nascent U.S. cannabis industry. The impact is significant.

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.

Research and Polling

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.

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