Acknowledging and Monitoring the Costs of Seriously Regulating Cannabis

Published in: Addiction, Volume 116, pages 235–236 (2020). doi: 10.1111/add.15274

by Rosanna Smart

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The Cannabis Legalization and Control Bill (CLCB) represents a novel opportunity for New Zealanders to vote on a detailed regulatory framework for establishing a national legal cannabis regime with three primary goals: promoting the wellbeing of New Zealanders, reducing cannabis use over time, and reducing the multiple harms associated with cannabis use. Wilkins and Rychert highlight several challenges with achieving these goals via a commercial market—even one subject to tight regulations—and they propose several further restrictions, including lowering potency limits, levying additional taxes and fees, and establishing minimum pricing.

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