25th April 2022
Transform first published How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide in 2013, shortly after Colorado and Washington passed state-level initiatives to legalise cannabis, and shortly before licensed sales of cannabis began. Since then, the cannabis policy scene has changed dramatically. As well as an ever-increasing number of state-level initiatives to legalise cannabis in the US, now well into the double figures, we have seen moves at a national level in Uruguay, Canada and Mexico — with more to follow. Cannabis regulation is no longer hypothetical, and the challenge is no longer to prove that workable frameworks exist; regulation has already been implemented in many different ways with differing impacts. Instead, the challenge now is to draw on best practice, learn lessons from early experiences, and make the case for optimising regulatory models to ensure they best protect public health, reduce harms, and promote social justice.