Federal Cannabis Legalization and Social Equity

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July 2021

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Federal Cannabis Legalization &
Social Equity

This article describes some of the opportunities as well as some puzzles and trade-offs surrounding the use of cannabis policy to advance social equity. If the federal government decides to legalize cannabis, this could have major implications for social equity efforts. Read more »

Raw opium from a poppy head is seen at a farmer's field on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 28, 2015, photo by Parwiz/Reuters

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Afghanistan in the Era of Fentanyl: Considering Potential Economic and Political Impacts of a Collapse in Demand for Afghanistan’s Opiates

Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are displacing heroin in some major drug markets. What might happen to Afghanistan—the world’s largest producer of illegal opium poppy—if demand for its opiates dropped off sharply and permanently?

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Tablets of Hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio, June 21, 2017, photo by Bryan Woolston/Reuters

Photo by Bryan Woolston/Reuters

State-Level Opioid Policy Analyses: Moving Beyond the Classic Difference-in-Differences Model

These videos provide an overview of key methodological challenges faced when evaluating the effectiveness of state-level opioid policies using annual state-level data, as well as potential solutions and practice guidelines.

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Can Novel 'Swift-Certain-Fair' Programs Work Outside of Pioneering Jurisdictions?

South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program requires individuals charged or convicted of alcohol-involved offenses to avoid alcohol and submit to frequent testing. This successful program appears to be making a difference in Montana as well.

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Female psychiatrist listening to her patient and taking notes, photo by CasarsaGuru/Getty Images

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Medication Management of Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorder in Mental Health Settings: A Guide for Practitioners

Psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians who work in mental health settings are in an optimal position to treat co-occurring opioid use and mental health disorders (COD-opioid). This guide prepares mental health practitioners to identify clients with COD-opioid and find appropriate treatment.

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Beau Kilmer

Beau Kilmer

Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

McCauley Chair in Drug Policy Innovation, RAND