APIS Introduces a New Policy Topic on the Recreational Use of Cannabis and Highlights the Cannabis Policy Taxonomy

RSAThe Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), a project of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), announces the introduction of its new Recreational Use of Cannabis policy topic. http://alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/cannabis.html

With Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia having legalized aspects of recreational cannabis, and more states considering it in this election cycle, there is an urgency to provide high-quality, multi-dimensional legal data to the public health community.

The APIS treatment of this new policy topic pertains to laws legalizing the cultivation, sale, or use of cannabis for other than medical purposes, together with laws imposing various prohibitions and restrictions on such practices.

The variables addressed in the APIS coverage of this new topic include:

  • Whether or not recreational use has been legalized,
  • The agency or agencies with authority to regulate recreational use,
  • The products permitted,
  • Cultivation restrictions,
  • Whether or not retail sales are allowed for on and off-premises use,
  • Whether or not pricing controls are imposed,
  • Tax rates,
  • Underage purchase, possession and consumption prohibitions,
  • Impaired driving prohibitions,
  • Whether (and to what extent) local authority is permitted.

The APIS treatment of the new Recreational Use of Cannabis policy topic mirrors the treatment of the alcohol policy topics that have been featured on APIS since its inception, including explanatory materials and tables comparing state policies as of a particular date and/or over a period of time specified by the user. Full variable descriptions, maps, charts, and a timeline view are also available.


The Cannabis Policy Taxonomy

In conjunction with the new Recreational Use of Cannabis policy topic, APIS staff members have developed the Cannabis Policy Taxonomy (CPT). http://alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/cannabis_policy_taxonomy.html

The CPT provides an inventory and taxonomy of cannabis policies, and is organized in policy areas under nine broad categories. Researchers, especially those new to the cannabis policy field, can examine the CPT to gain an appreciation of the nature and scope of cannabis policies and the specific issues these policies address.

These additions to the APIS Web site are now posted at: http://www.alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov

This project has been funded with Federal funds from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN275201300002C.

PIRE is a subcontractor to The CDM Group, Inc. http://www.cdmgroup.com/ the prime on this NIAAA contract. PIRE POC: Sue Thomas, Ph. D. Senior Research Scientist; Director, PIRE-Santa Cruz