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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.

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.

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.

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.

Patient Privacy and MMJ Medical Registries

Among the 37 states with medical cannabis laws, several have patient registries that track medical cannabis use. 

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 restrictions.

Cannabis-Impaired Driving

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

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.

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.

Six Recommendations for Effective Cannabis Policy

Rational, thoughtful, inclusive policy principles are critical to a safe, fair, and profitable cannabis marketplace.

Cannabis Consumption Lounges

Consumption lounges are an emerging cannabis business model that offers a safe and legal place to consume cannabis.

Responsible Advertising & Branding in the Cannabis Industry

Advertising is critical to a functioning legal cannabis market, as it allows licensed businesses to compete against the unregulated market.

Social Equity in Cannabis

Beginning in the 1970s, the Nixon administration’s infamous “War on Drugs” campaign has stretched across decades. Although the War on Drugs initially targeted heroin and cocaine, cannabis criminalization quickly became a tool for political persecution and admitted targeting of minority populations.

Why THC Limits are Misguided & Harmful

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.

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.

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.

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 cannabis.

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.

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.

Descheduling Cannabis: Why Cannabis Should Be Removed from the Controlled Substances Act

The rigid scheduling framework of the Controlled Substances Act is at odds with the complexity of the cannabis plant and its range of application as a medicinal treatment, its use as a wellness and leisure product for adults, and its presence in cosmetics, textiles, and industrial materials. 

Reports and Articles

A More Perfect Union: 

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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