Regulating Cannabis: Towards a Unified Market – Dr. Todd Subritzky, PhD

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Regulating Cannabis: Towards a Unified Market

 

A 5-year investigation of the implementation of the world’s first fully regulated cannabis market for pleasure in Colorado

Kind words for Regulating Cannabis

“This book clearly demonstrates authority in the field of international drug policy and draws predominantly on the latest evidence in doing so. It is a substantial contribution to an emerging policy issue with a plethora of new knowledge displayed throughout. Overall, I found this to be a vital addition to the canon of knowledge regarding cannabis policy change”
Dr Mark Monaghan
Head of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology  University of Birmingham

“The author has broadened the understanding of cannabis regulation when it comes to conflicts between consumer protection, private profit, and public health. He has successfully applied and enriched several theoretical concepts in the context of cannabis legalization, especially when it comes to ‘the elephant in the room’ – the wellness potential of cannabis on legal markets”
Vendula Belackova, PhD
Drug Policy Researcher & Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Contents at a glance

Including analysis of hundreds of pages of government documents, almost 1000 media articles, and interviews in the field with over 30 senior government officials, industry executives, and front-line public health representatives, together with over 800 academic references, this meticulously researched book is the definitive account of real-world cannabis policy implementation.

​​​​​​​At a time when cannabis legalisation is spreading across an increasing number of jurisdictions globally, this book cuts across the noise and presents a factual account of issues faced by regulators in the real-world context of Colorado.  It can be read as an evidence-based handbook for regulators and should be a first port of call for anyone interested in the legalisation of cannabis.

In January 2014, Colorado implemented a commercial cannabis market for pleasure  – the first jurisdiction globally to implement a regulated, adult-use cannabis supply chain from seed-to-sale. It was reported as an historic occasion that presaged a grand social and economic experiment in drug legalisation.

The cannabis academic public health literature is examined prodigiously including its potential for harm and benefit together with alternative regulatory approaches. The book also features a number of papers published in academic journals based on the PhD research of the author. The commodification of cannabis vs the craft approach together with the entanglement of the medical and recreational markets are two of many topical themes discussed in detail.

Multiple recommendations relevant for other jurisdictions considering the legalisation of cannabis are presented. Recognising the limitations of harm reduction approaches that cannot conceptually conceive beneficial aspects of cannabis consumption, a new framework, the spectrum of wellness is proposed as an alternative in Appendix 1 of the book.

Weight 1.15 kg
Dimensions 20.32 × 2.77 × 25.4 cm
Edition

Paperback, Hardback, EBook

Publisher Cannabis Education Online (19 July 2021)
Language English
Paperback 405 pages
ISBN13 978-0645241846
ISBN10 0645241849
Author Dr. Todd Subritzky
Publish Date 19 July 2021
Dimensions 20.32 x 2.77 x 25.4 cm

31 reviews for Regulating Cannabis: Towards a Unified Market – Dr. Todd Subritzky, PhD

  1. Janice (verified owner)

    This book is exactly what I was looking for. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it, couldn’t put it down!

  2. Sukhpreet Singh (verified owner)

    Perfect Book! Must Read

  3. John Reeves (verified owner)

    Dr Subrtizky’s book is a timely reminder that recreational cannabis use, as implemented in Colorado, is a feasible, possible and beneficial alternative to prohibition. This is a timely work for Australia as our nation struggles with the costs of illegal use and for thousands of cannabis consumers here implementation of a legal system is long overdue.

    Todd’s thesis is an erudite analysis of the development of the CRCM, a thorough and clearly accessible survey of over 1000 scientific studies on cannabis use and an honest appraisal of the strategies, harms and benefits of legal cannabis development in real time.

    The administration of the legal system there threw up many challenges and to some extent legislator’s were flying blind moving into uncharted waters and have evolved what is probably close to world’s best practice for a state of 6 million where cannabis sales now total over 2 billion USD annually returning several hundred million in state taxes and creating over 10,000 new jobs across a variety of employment scenarios. From cultivation to retail to budtenders to testers and tourism.

    There’s little doubt that the legal cannabis industry there is a success. With this publication Dr Subrtizky has placed himself at the forefront of cannabis policy development in AU and NZ and politicians, lawmakers, police, health workers, entrepreneurs and cannabis enthusiasts a like will gain great insight into ‘how’ to go about implementation of legal recreational Cannabis policy here.

    If yr interested in legal cannabis read this book.

    John Reeves
    MCUAT
    LCT
    HEMP
    AMP
    Healing Pott
    Independent cannabis researcher

  4. Vendula (verified owner)

    “The author has broadened the understanding of cannabis regulation when it comes to conflicts between consumer protection, private profit, and public health. He has successfully applied and enriched several theoretical concepts in the context of cannabis legalization, especially when it comes to ‘the elephant in the room’ – the wellness potential of cannabis on legal markets”

  5. Mark (verified owner)

    “This book clearly demonstrates authority in the field of international drug policy and draws predominantly on the latest evidence in doing so. It is a substantial contribution to an emerging policy issue with a plethora of new knowledge displayed throughout. Overall, I found this to be a vital addition to the canon of knowledge regarding cannabis policy change”

  6. Janice (verified owner)

    This book is exactly what I was looking for. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it, couldn’t put it down!

  7. MadzReader (verified owner)

    This is a fascinating book that will be of interest to anyone with a focus on cannabis legalisation. It examines the implementation of the recreational cannabis market in Colorado, primarily from a public health perspective. To this end ‘Regulating Cannabis’ starts by reviewing the public health literature associated with cannabis consumption, particularly from a harm reduction perspective.

    There is also a chapter that describes other regulatory approaches before moving to focus specifically on Colorado’s experience as the world’s first fully regulated cannabis market. Overall, I found the book to be comprehensively researched and filled with new evidence. Highly recommend!

  8. Matt (verified owner)

    This book is thoroughly researched with over 800 academic references, together with interviews from reputable regulators in Colorado. It draws on real-world evidence about the implementation of the recreational cannabis market in Colorado, which was the first jurisdiction in the world to legalize cannabis for adult use.

    There are multiple high-level recommendations for other countries considering legalisation, and therefore I feel this book would be of interest to a wide range of people including regulators, public health professionals, politicians, and others.

  9. Stephen Jones (verified owner)

    This excellent book examines implementation the world’s first recreational cannabis market in Colorado. It has a plethora of evidence-based detail. Highly recommended for those with an interest in cannabis legalisation and harm reduction.

  10. Susan Peters (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this book, which has a lot of detail for anyone interested in cannabis legalisation, and more specifically – how to do it.
    It starts from the position that by any metric of reduced use or reduce harm, prohibition has failed. The book then reviews the current literature about harms and benefits of cannabis.
    Regulating Cannabis: Towards a unified market then examines the real world evidence relating to implementation of the recreational cannabis in Colorado.

  11. Mike (verified owner)

    This is an important, evidence-based book that is incredibly researched. It offers a number of relevant suggestions based on Colorado’s experience for other jurisdictions.

  12. Racheal (verified owner)

    A must read for regulators and advocates of a legal adult-use cannabis market.
    Recommended!

  13. Bobby Richards (verified owner)

    Important book for the legal cannabis movement

  14. Amanda (verified owner)

    This timely publication is highly recommended. It includes an enormous amount of knowledge that is based on real-world evidence.

  15. Peter Jenkins (verified owner)

    Amazing – so much detail in this book, a

  16. Avid reader (verified owner)

    This is an impressive work that covers the broad gamut of issues related to the regulation of cannabis.

  17. Mazza (verified owner)

    Excellent book on how to legalise cannabis

  18. Renae (verified owner)

    This book relies on actual real world evidence and sticks to the facts. In this sense it an objective piece of research that is filled with detail

  19. Simon Ko (verified owner)

    Must read for cannabis regulators and others with an interest in the space

  20. Blair (verified owner)

    For the first time there is real world evidence regarding implementing a legal cannabis market. This book is filled with insights and recommendations – highly recommmended

  21. Colin Davies (verified owner)

    Impressive research that is big on details

  22. Michelle (verified owner)

    All politicians should read this about cannabis legalisation. The sky did not fall in. Great read

  23. Ross Ingram (verified owner)

    Very interesting and detailed

  24. Stevie (verified owner)

    Highly original and innovative research. The author is clearly at the top of his game. Must read!

  25. Cannabis enthusiast (verified owner)

    Excellent!

  26. Jonathon Cole (verified owner)

    The next time a politician exaggerates the harms associated with cannabis legalisation – give them this book. Finally here is a work that it is completely objective and presents a real world factual account.

  27. Mathew Smith (verified owner)

    This book covers the full gamut of issues associated with regulating cannabis and presents an evidence-based account in doing so. In this sense it works both as a reference guide, where the reader can look up individual issues in the contents and get the latest evidence, or as interesting account read from cover to cover.
    I can’t recommend this book highly enough

  28. Simone (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It covers all aspects related to cannabis legalisation in an impressive way.

  29. Jason Renton (verified owner)

    In this book Dr Subritzky shows an excellent grasp of key issues related to the legalisation of cannabis based on the experience of Colorado. The book is well organised around these issues for easy reference. While written primarily from a harm reduction perspective he also acknowledges some of the limitations of this approach such as its inability to recognise potentially beneficial consumption of cannabis. In this sense the volume extends the understanding and moves the debate forward to enable broader discussion

  30. Michael Burgess (verified owner)

    This is a really comprehensive look at real world cannabis policy implementation.

  31. Marcus (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this book

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