Publications

The following are research reports and policy toolkits in various topics relating to cannabis and equity. If you feel that there is a pressing topic within cannabis equity that needs more research, please let us know in the suggestion box below! If you would like to hire us to prepare a report for you, please email lesliev@cannabisequity.org

 
 
 Citation: Valencia, Leslie. “Equitable Cannabis Policy: Recommendations for California municipalities and analysis of Oakland’s Equity Permit Program.” University of California Berkeley, The Greenlining Institute, 2017.

Citation: Valencia, Leslie. “Equitable Cannabis Policy: Recommendations for California municipalities and analysis of Oakland’s Equity Permit Program.” University of California Berkeley, The Greenlining Institute, 2017.

equitable cannabis policy: recommendations for California municipalities and analysis of Oaklands Equity permit program | may 2017

The criminalization of the marijuana plant has had disparate impacts on communities of color in the United States for decades, but despite it still being considered an illegal substance at the federal level, states across the country have been increasingly passing measures to regulate the industry. Prior to 2016, 26 states and the District of Columbia had already legalized medical marijuana in some form, with the exception of three that had also legalized recreational cannabis. Washington and Colorado, however, were the only states that actually taxed and regulated both medical and recreational marijuana in 2012, revealing its economic potential. In 2016 alone, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada passed measures to tax and regulate recreational marijuana, while Montana, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota passed measures for medical cannabis. As states continue to regulate this growing and profitable market, it is crucial for local authorities to create new policies that aim to prevent any future discrimination associated with the industry. Because California is projected to be the largest and most profitable market in the country, it is important to consider the equity implications of this industry. In this paper, the city of Oakland’s Equity Permit Program is analyzed as a potential model of local equitable cannabis policy for other cities in California.

 
 Citation: Valencia, Leslie. “Equitable Cannabis Policy: Recommendations for California municipalities and analysis of Oakland’s Equity Permit Program.” University of California Berkeley, The Greenlining Institute,, 2017.

Citation: Valencia, Leslie. “Equitable Cannabis Policy: Recommendations for California municipalities and analysis of Oakland’s Equity Permit Program.” University of California Berkeley, The Greenlining Institute,, 2017.

A SUMMARY and deck of slides of our report: equitable cannabis policy | may 2017

The following is a summary and slide show of Equitable Cannabis Policy: Recommendations for California municipalities and analysis of Oakland’s Equity Permit Program. This summary was created to ensure that this information is accessible to visual learners and to those who are simply too busy to read the entire report in detail but require an understanding of what equitable cannabis policy is and how it has manifested in Oakland.

 
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Equitable social cannabis consumption regulation: a toolkit and guide

We are currently working on a policy toolkit and guide for equitable social cannabis consumption regulation. If you have any information on this topic, please email us at info@cannabisequity.org.