They say the devil is in the details.
We’re here to help.
In most states, cannabis legalization has focused mainly on creating a legal profit-making system rather than putting guardrails in place to promote public health, protect youth, and advance social equity. Our project works with jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis, or are considering legalizing it, to develop and share models for safer and more effective cannabis policy. We provide guidance on policies that can reduce harm, prevent problem cannabis use, and remedy the harms caused by the criminalization of cannabis. We take an evidence-based approach and draw on scientific research, cannabis policy analyses, 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.