They say the devil is in the details.
We’re here to help.
As of May of 2021, only 3 states in the U.S. have not legalized cannabis in some form, and 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult-use cannabis retail sales. However, in most states legalization has focused more on creating a legal profit-making system than on putting in place the guardrails to protect public health, youth or social equity. Our project works with states that have legalized or are considering legalizing cannabis, as well as cities and counties, to develop and share models for safer cannabis policy and provide guidance on policies that can reduce harm, protect youth and reduce problem cannabis use, and promote social equity. We draw on the best science available from research on cannabis policy and lessons from tobacco and alcohol control.
We have conveyed our research into best practices
Guidance on public health & equity measures that states, cities and counties should consider adopting if cannabis legalization is under consideration or has already occurred. Specific models appropriate for California cities and counties are available.
- Protect children and youth
- Don’t exacerbate existing health inequalities such as low birth weight, poor mental health outcomes, or lower high school graduation rates
- Minimize cannabis dependency and attendant health and social harms
- Minimize creation of a powerful new tobacco-like industry
- Reduce social harms related to the war on drugs
- Promote economic and social justice
Getting it Right from the Start
Public Health Institute
555 12th Street, Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607
We collaboratively develop and test models for optimal cannabis policy (retail practices, marketing & taxation), based on the best available scientific evidence, with the goal of reducing harms, youth use & problem use and promoting social justice and equity.
We provide technical assistance to jurisdictions which have legalized cannabis or are considering legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis, and to community partners. Please contact Aurash Soroosh for more information.