Regulation: Taking Control of the Cannabis Market
- Preventing non-medical underage use.
- Reducing harm to adult users.
- Preventing collateral harm to the public.
U.S. physicians have legitimate concerns about the potential consequences of cannabis use, especially among minors. But if national polls are correct and wisdom prevails, then America is rapidly moving toward cannabis legalization for adults.
We embrace the change. Regulation requires legalization, and legalization requires regulation.
DFCR believes that physicians should end the debate over the right of consenting adults to consume a non-lethal recreational drug. Instead, we should consider how — rather than whether — cannabis should be regulated.
Our approach to federal regulation should synthesize the best ideas of advocates and opponents of legalization. Building a new system from the ground up, we should incorporate the most successful aspects of laws controlling alcohol, tobacco and gambling. We can also learn from the eight states — plus the District of Columbia — that have already fully legalized cannabis, and the 20 other states that have legalized medical marijuana.
America can achieve the essential goals of regulation through practical, common sense solutions:
- Government oversight of cannabis production, testing, distribution, and sales.
- Detailed labeling of cannabis products, including (but not limited to) THC and CBD levels, dosing information, and ingredients.
- Restrictions on marketing and advertising of cannabis products.
- A ban on cannabis packaging and advertising that targets or attracts underage users.
- Child-resistant packaging for cannabis products.
- Penalties for adults who enable diversion of cannabis to minors.
- Adult education about the use and misuse of cannabis.
- Youth education about the risks of underage cannabis use.
- Taxation of the cannabis trade — excluding purchases made with a clinician’s valid medical recommendation — to fund research, education and community reinvestment.
- Limited personal cannabis cultivation rights.
- Protection of small businesses in a competitive cannabis industry.
- Diversity in all aspects of the cannabis industry, rebuilding communities most affected by cannabis prohibition.