Cannabis

On Friday, Uruguay released the full set of rules for its new legally regulated cannabis market. Transform staff acted as advisers to the Uruguayan government on their plans, and the country has ended up adopting a model of regulation very similar to the one we advocate in our recent guide to cannabis regulation.
Packaging for legal cannabis products – particularly those likely to appeal to children, such as cannabis-infused sweets – should not resemble that used for many alcoholic drinks. The priority should be safety, not profit.
The emerging market for new psychoactive substances (NPS), also known as ‘legal highs’, has seen a growth in the range of products available that mimic the effects of cannabis. Transform argues that the emergence of synthetic cannabinoids and other NPS is a direct result of prohibition, and that a strict system of legal cannabis regulation would undermine the synthetic cannabinoid market and reduce the harms currently associated with it.
Big Tobacco has historically used aggressive and sophisticated marketing techniques to encourage consumption of its products. Transform's latest major publication, 'How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide', argues that the burgeoning legal cannabis industry should not be permitted to do the same.

Misunderstandings and misreporting of actual and proposed changes to Dutch cannabis policy in 2011 have led some opponents of cannabis reform to suggest the country is retreating from its longstanding and pragmatic policy of tolerating the possession, use and sale of cannabis. This briefing challenges this narrative by setting out the facts on the key issues.

According to reports, Colorado is experiencing a boost in tourism as a result of its decision to legally regulate cannabis for non-medical use. This blog is a chapter from our recent major publication, 'How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide', which looks at the issue of cannabis tourism in more detail and offers recommendations for how to manage it.
Writing for Conservative Home and Comment is Free yesterday, Kathy Gyngell of the Centre for Policy Studies took issue with Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan’s apparent support for the legal regulation of drugs. She questioned whether he and others who favour such a move are actually aware of the vast body of evidence that indicates it would have disastrous effects. But from her article, it seems as though Gyngell herself should become better acquainted with the evidence.
On Tuesday, Transform launched its latest publication ‘How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide’, in the UK Houses of Parliament. The event coincided with Uruguay passing legislation to make it the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, sale and possession of cannabis - a truly historic moment in drug policy reform.
Transform Drug Policy Foundation will launch its latest publication, 'How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide', at the House of Commons on Tuesday 10 December at 6.15pm.
Chance had it that this year the International Drug Policy Reform Conference was held in Denver, Colorado – one of the two states that made history last year by becoming the first jurisdictions anywhere in the world to legalise and regulate cannabis.

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