Acknowledging and Monitoring the Costs of Seriously Regulating Cannabis
Published in: Addiction, Volume 116, pages 235–236 (2020). doi: 10.1111/add.15274
Posted on RAND.org on April 13, 2021
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.