As more state and local governments legalize cannabis, policymakers face creating regulatory systems with no public health input. To fill that gap, the de Beaumont Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on state and local public health, has released a new book — Cannabis: Moving Forward, Protecting Health.

Published in partnership with the American Public Health Association, with contributions from leading experts across the public health spectrum, the book offers a unique evidence-based framework that state and local policymakers interested in cannabis legalization can use as a starting point to design regulations that protect the health of their communities.

“Based on the trends we have witnessed over the last decade, cannabis regulation is becoming an increasingly pressing issue requiring public health expertise,” said Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “As momentum builds around legalization for non-medical use, this book can be a useful resource for legislators and policymakers who need to address the complex web of questions surrounding effective regulation.”

The book uses lessons learned from decades of tobacco and alcohol regulation, providing readers with practical tools and examples on how to deal with issues associated with the legalization of cannabis, including producing cannabis safely while protecting employees; taxing the substance effectively and fairly; developing regulations that address social injustices past and present related to cannabis; and more.

Cannabis: Moving Forward, Protecting Health is available for purchase from the APHA store.

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