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A Blueprint for Cannabis Regulation: Lessons Learned from Alcohol
The cannabis regulatory debate facing the nation today has direct parallels to the policy debate at the repeal of federal Prohibition, when states were granted the express authority to regulate and tax alcohol. The result is a tapestry of laws, rules, and regulations as varied as the states themselves. Much debate ensued around how states should regulate alcohol, and the analysis that drove many of the policies we still see today can provide a helpful blueprint for regulating cannabis in the present. From flavored products to outlet density, the policy debate around cannabis has renewed a much-needed discussion on the importance of balancing public health and safety considerations with the motive for profit of legal, controlled substances in the U.S.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to explain the recommendations outlined in the historic alcohol analysis "Toward Liquor Control," and their implications for cannabis today. They will also have an understanding of the rationale behind the recommendations that created the blueprint for the alcohol regulatory framework in the U.S. and how this framework takes shape in their communities. And they will be able to describe how the cannabis debate has renewed a dialogue about public health and safety considerations applicable to both alcohol and tobacco.