How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide

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This is a guide to regulating legal markets for the non-medical use of cannabis. It is for policy makers, drug policy reform advocates and affected communities all over the world, who are witnessing the question change from, 'Should we maintain cannabis prohibition?’ to ‘How will legal regulation work in practice?'

Just a few years ago, this book would have been largely theoretical. Now, however, the cannabis regulation debate has moved decisively into the political mainstream, and multiple cities, states and countries are considering, developing or implementing a range of regulated market models for the non-medical use of cannabis. So this book draws on evidence not only from decades of experience regulating alcohol, tobacco, and medicines, but also from Spain's non-profit 'cannabis social clubs', commercial cannabis enterprises in the US and the Netherlands, and Uruguay's government-controlled system of cannabis regulation.

This book will help guide all those interested in cannabis policy through the key practical challenges to developing and implementing an effective regulation approach aimed at achieving the safer, healthier world we all wish to see.

"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 (responsible for cannabis regulation)
"This guide is essential reading for policy makers around the globe who know that cannabis prohibition has failed. In comprehensive detail, it explores pragmatic, evidence-based approaches to regulating the world’s most widely used illicit drug."
- Professor David Nutt, Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs