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Resources: Marijuana policy research from Brookings

By Sue Vorenberg
Cannabis Daily Record

If you want to understand what’s going on nationally with marijuana, I’d strongly recommend checking out the Brookings Institute.

The Institute is a nonprofit that researches government policy and how it works for a wide array of topics.

I find their papers and posts about cannabis to be some of the least biased out there, which is especially important as marijuana legalization issues continue to come to the fore in the presidential election.

If you want to flip through all of their marijuana-related papers, click here and enjoy: BROOKINGS MARIJUANA COVERAGE.

They also have some nice video explanations for a variety of subjects on their youtube channel, such as this one about how the government’s Schedule 1 classification of the drug hinders research on cannabis.



On October 30, the agency issued a new blog post looking at the plausibility of Sen. Bernie Sanders descheduling proposal and how it would work. You can read it here: 12 things we know (and don’t know) about Bernie Sanders’s marijuana proposal

Full disclosure – I’m a strong Bernie Sanders supporter. But I’m also a strong supporter of understanding how things work. And so I really appreciate the detailed look that Brookings often provides.

Here’s an excerpt from the recent blog post:

How does this law get passed?

At the federal level, marijuana reform supporters have had significant success over the past few years, particularly in the U.S. House. Some legislative reforms have even managed to pass into law, typically as riders to more significant legislation. Each of those efforts has been smaller or more targeted in nature—and moderate in effect. More significant, comprehensive proposals such as the CARERS Act have hit roadblocks in the legislative process. It is unclear what path to passage Sen. Sanders sees for a more aggressive and blunt policy reform. It will need to find 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster; it will need to be placed on the House calendar by a new Speaker of the House who has indicated (through rhetoric and a voting record) opposition to even medical marijuana reform; it will then need to pass the House of Representatives that has rejected or blocked even more moderate reform measures during this Congress; and it would need to be signed by a president whose public views on marijuana policy have not gone as far as this proposal. In that environment, Sanders’ plan seems to be a ‘hope raiser,’ not a ‘policy changer.'”

The agency does some terrific work in an age that’s rife with misinformation. I hope some of you wonderful readers find the links helpful.

Cheers and enjoy,

-SueVo

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