The law on cannabis is changing across the world.

In 2013 Uruguay became the first country to legalise and regulate their adult, non-medical cannabis market. In 2018, Canada became the first G7 country to make the move.

Since 2012, eleven US states have voted to legalise. Moves to create a legally regulated cannabis market are also in train in New Zealand, South Africa and Mexico.


Transform has been at the forefront in advocating for innovative approaches to cannabis and wider drug policy. This page contains global updates on changes to cannabis law, reflections on the impact of reform and information on how to make cannabis policy work for public health, human rights and social justice.

How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide

This is Transform’s keynote guide to regulating legal markets for the recreational use of cannabis. It provides advice and information for policy makers, drug policy reform advocates and affected communities all over the world, and sets out our model for a fair and just system of regulation. 

“With this new guide, Transform continues to be at the cutting edge of drug policy reform. This work sets ideology aside, focusing instead on the essential practical task of developing a workable regulatory framework for cannabis as an alternative to the failed prohibition model.” 

Representative Roger Goodman, Washington State Legislature Chair, House Public Safety Committee

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Reports and briefing papers

Cannabis leaf on white background "How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide"
Grey background with red cannabis leaf 'Capturing the market: Cannabis regulation in Canada
Cannabis leaf with US flag on a blue background "Altered states: Cannabis regulation in the US"
Canada flag with red cannabis leaf "Cannabis legalisation in Canada: One year on"
Purple background "Cannabis social clubs in Spain: Legalisation without commercialisation"
Policy in the Netherlands: Moving forwards and backwards
Blue back ground, "Cannabis regulation in Colorado: Early evidence defies the critics"

Debate and discussion

9th June 2020

2nd June 2020