Regulation: Controlling the market

The three essential goals of cannabis regulation:

  • 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 ten states — plus the District of Columbia — that have already fully legalized cannabis, and the 33 states that have legalized medical marijuana.

America can achieve the essential goals of regulation through practical, common sense solutions, which are codified in DFCR’s Platform of Regulations.