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Briefings 

 

  • United States Congress

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • National Governors Association

  • The Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

  • The American Association of Credit Union Leagues

  • The Civic Federation of Chicago

  • The Brookings Institution

  • American Public Health Association

  • Senate of Canada

Keynotes 

 

  • Code Conference

  • Aspen Ideas Fest

  • Summit Series

  • The Cannabis Science and Policy Summit

  • Conference of State Bank Supervisors

  • National Conference of State Legislatures

  • American Civil Liberties Union

  • SXSW

  • Association of Food and Drug Officials

  • Garda World Banking Forum

  • Credit Union National Association

Briefings and White Papers

Whereas the government-centric cannabis regulation Version 1.0 has advanced because states are the laboratories of democracy, Version 2.0 will advance because small entrepreneurial firms have been the laboratories of innovation.

A POSITIVE BYPRODUCT OF INEFFICIENCIES IN THE MARKETPLACE AND LACK OF PARTICIPATION BY BIGGER FINANCIAL SERVICE COMPANIES HAS BEEN INNOVATION.

Technology plays remarkable roles across industries and the cannabis industry is no different. What sets the cannabis industry apart from others is the level of regulation the industry faces, combined with the significant conflicts between state and federal law on the topic. Given that policy environment, technology can play significant roles in improving efficiencies within the cannabis industry—ensuring that costs are driven down as software, monitoring, mechanization, genetic advancements, and other capital equipment results in less cost while producing greater output. 

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Bottom line: the data substantiates that drug-related arrests have disproportionately impacted minorities for some time. Arrests are only part of the story when looking at barriers to entry. The number of arrests, convictions and sentencing are all important factors for future employment opportunities, but these factors weigh more heavily in a regulated industry where licensing disqualifiers could prevent someone from participating. Especially in an industry like commercialized cannabis, individuals may be done with their criminal history, but their criminal histories may not be done with them.

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This study offers insight into what a legal, adult-use cannabis system may look like in the state of Illinois.  Illinois can expect the existing medical cannabis market to have the capacity to supply between 35 percent and 54 percent of the mature, adult-use market, subject to the caveats and assumptions listed in this report.

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For nearly a century, we have continuously asked ourselves the same question: should we legalize marijuana?  In 2012, frustrated with the War on Drugs, Coloradans answered in the affirmative. Recreational marijuana was to be legal. It was to be regulated. It was to be taxed.

While the rollout of legalization has generally aligned with the voters’ intentions, the long-term questions of how to successfully legalize marijuana are only starting to be addressed. For example, public health data to date has not shown a massive increase in marijuana users, either amongst youth or adults. However, this could change dramatically as the industry consolidates and begins advertising using market and consumer data. Marijuana has the same problem as alcohol and tobacco; roughly 20% of the users purchase 80% of the product.

 

Perhaps, then, the question everybody should be asking is how would we legalize marijuana? Can we create a regulated market that more effectively keeps marijuana out of the hands of children than the status quo?  Or will we create a system where commercialization and availability creates more substance abuse? What are the proper roles and responsibilities for cities, states, and the federal government? How will we define and measure success? And what will we do if things go wrong?
I submit that these are more interesting, and more fruitful, questions for the nation to be answering than
 should we legalize marijuana?

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