Congress is moving toward federal legalization of cannabis, triggering important considerations for policymakers on issues of health, safety and equity. At present 18 states have fully legalized marijuana for recreational use and 37 states have approved its use for medical purposes. But lacking federal approval--including no guidance from the FDA--a patchwork of state regulations has grown up that leaves the health of U.S. consumers in peril. An example of a more inclusive approach can be found across the border, where Canada fully legalized cannabis in 2018 and regulates production, distribution and consumption similarly to alcohol.
Join the USC Schaeffer Center and the Institute for Addiction Science for a conversation about the challenges of regulating cannabis. Schaeffer Center Senior Fellow Rosalie Liccardo Pacula will moderate the conversation with Rebecca Jesseman, director of policy at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, and Ricky N. Bluthenthal, associate dean for social justice and professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine.