Trending Topic: Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis legalization has evolved over the past few decades from fringe policy topic to a reality in several jurisdictions, and an emerging issue in many others.

RAND publications on cannabis and these policy changes are informing debates in the U.S. and throughout the world.

The RAND Drug Policy Research Center is a nonpartisan research center dedicated to providing objective analysis and research to decisionmakers. We do not have an official policy position on cannabis laws, and do not advocate for or against legalization at any level of government.

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  • Cannabis Legalization in Canada

    Beau Kilmer provided testimony to the Canadian legislature on different alternatives to prohibition, including considerations for prices, taxes, and international implications.

  • Medical Marijuana Policy in Florida

    Rosalie Pacula testified before the Florida House of Representatives Health & Human Services Committee on medical marijuana regulation, including topics of supply structure, commercialization, and potential impact on youth.

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