“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.

2021

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.

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

Fair and Square: How to Effectively Incorporate Social Equity Into Cannabis Laws and Regulations

As states and local jurisdictions implement new cannabis laws, many have tasked regulators with the important goal of redressing the injustices of the drug war, a concept known as social equity.

Research paper
Authors: Shaleen Title
Ohio State Legal Studies

2020

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

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

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

(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

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

2019

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

2016

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

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