“Think Tank”

We never met a good idea we didn’t like. That’s why we created “Think Tank” — a dynamic repository of ideas worth sharing. Here is where you can find intriguing cannabis-centric reports, essays, articles, infographics, studies, and other materials from thought leaders throughout the industry.

Two in Three Say Legalizing Marijuana in California was a Good Thing; Most Support Allowing Retail Marijuana Dispensaries in the own Community

This survey conducted by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies found that two in three registered voters in California (68%) believethat the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016 legalizing the possession, sale and personal use of cannabis among adults was a good thing. This survey also found that 63% of voters favor allowing retail dispensaries to sell cannabis products in the communities where they live.

Public opinion
Berkeley IGS Poll

A Tale of Two Countries: Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform,

This ACLU research report, A Tale of Two Countries: Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform, details marijuana arrests from 2010 to 2018 and examines racial disparities at the national, state, and county levels..

Report
American Civil Liberties Union

Race, cannabis and the Canadian war on drugs: An examination of cannabis arrest data by race in five cities.

This study of cannabis arrest data from 5 different Canadian cities found that, with one exception, “both Black and Indigenous people are over-represented amongst those arrested for cannabis possession across the five cities examined.

Study
Authors: Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Alex Luscombe
International Journal of Drug Policy

Marijuana and Restrictions on Immigration

This Congressional Research Service report outlines four key consequences non-citizens face if they are convicted of a cannabis crime, admit to using cannabis, and/or work in the cannabis industry.

Report
Authors: Abigail F. Kolker, Lisa N. Sacco
Congressional Research Service

(Pot)Heads in Beds: The Effect of Marijuana Legalization on Hotel Occupancy in Colorado and Washington

This study found that hotel bookings increased significantly following legalization in Colorado. Hotel bookings also increased in Washington, though not as much.

Study
Authors: Brian Meehan, Corey Rusko, E. Frank Stephenson
Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy

2020 State of the States Report: An Analysis of Medical Cannabis Access in the United States

Americans for Safe Access’ annual report assessing legislative and regulatory improvements in medical cannabis programs across the country.

Report
Americans for Safe Access

Support for Legal Marijuana Inches Up to New High of 68%

According to Gallup polling, 68% of U.S. adults support cannabis legalization.

Public opinion
Gallup

Clearing up misconceptions about marijuana rescheduling: What it means for existing state systems

This article from the Brookings Institution addresses common misconceptions about cannabis rescheduling.

Article
Authors: John Hudak, Grace Wallack
Brookings Institution

State Medical Cannabis Laws Associated With Reduction in Opioid Prescriptions by Orthopaedic Surgeons in Medicare Part D Cohort

This study found that medical cannabis legalization laws were associated with a statistically significant reduction in aggregate opioid prescribing of 144,000 daily doses (19.7% reduction) annually.

Report
Authors: Cesar D. Lopez, Venkat Boddapati, Charles Jobin, Thomas Hickernell
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Best Practices: Protecting Immigrants When Decriminalizing or Legalizing Marijuana

This resource, created by the Drug Policy Alliance, the Immigrant Defense Project, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, outlines the different ways to reduce the immigration-related harms of cannabis criminalization.

Report
Drug Policy Alliance, Immigrant Defense Project, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

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