CRCR serves as a resource for advocates and officials interested in regulating cannabis production, manufacturing, and distribution. We provide research, reports, and issue briefs with the best available evidence. We also provide policy consultations, professional contacts, and other resources that help individuals understand complex issues, solve problems effectively, and make sensible decisions. We have provided testimony to lawmakers in Rhode Island and Alaska, and worked closely with advocates in Vermont to help them conceptualize a market that would benefit small-scale cultivators. CRCR’s recent work has spanned from California to Canada to Costa Rica, and we are cultivating numerous opportunities to assist state and national officials.
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Model Legislation and Regulations

Many states are exploring the possibility of implementing medical or adult-use cannabis laws but most policymakers lack cannabis proficiency and may make misguided or counter-productive decisions without appropriate expert input.  CRCR is producing model legislation and regulations, which will be distributed to legislators and regulations once complete. Our models will be functional, complete drafts that can be amended, as needed, to meet the needs of respective states or countries.

Regulation in Colorado: Lessons Learned

CRCR also plans to produce a primary source history of the implementation of Amendment 64, which made Colorado the first place in the world to legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis. The history will follow the process from initiative passage to regulatory adoption, highlighting central phases, systems, and approaches, including the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force and negotiated rulemaking. The objective is to detail the development of the Colorado regulatory model in way that allows individuals embarking upon or involved in the implementation process to understand the general features and order of the process, identify successful strategies to employ, and take note of potential pitfalls along the way. CRCR intends to make thousands of copies of this publication available in the future.