The Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation (CRCR) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that advocates for the establishment of legal cannabis markets within thoughtfully designed regulatory frameworks. There are certainly other organizations working diligently to end cannabis prohibition, but CRCR is entirely unique in focus and approach. Unlike the majority of cannabis advocacy organizations that focus primarily on social justice issues related to prohibition, CRCR believes that when exposed to evidence showing that cannabis can be regulated and controlled just like alcohol — with fewer social problems associated with its use — the willingness to enact laws that establish regulatory systems will grow. CRCR advances cannabis reform by helping policy-makers understand the numerous and varied benefits of legal, regulated cannabis, as well as the regulatory structures themselves. Policy expertise and a commitment to evidence- and experience-based education are at the core of CRCR’s distinctive approach.
CRCR works to ensure laws and regulations balance control with practicability, to encourage responsibility and self-regulation within the industry, to educate policymakers on the particulars of how regulation works, and to generate true collaboration between industry and advocacy.
We work to ensure that legislation, ballot initiatives, and regulations are written to lay the foundation for proper regulation, both by government and industry. Our core goal is for the cannabis industry to be able to operate efficiently, while consumers and non-consumers alike enjoy the benefits of regulation that are felt in Colorado and Washington today.