Learning Lessons for Legal Landscapes


UPDATE: NYTimes recently linked to the Center in reference to our moratorium study project here

We are a nonprofit research-action think tank with professional and social networks that cross political, cultural, and economic lines in Washington State, across the nation, and indeed around the world.  We are in a position to inform Landscapes of Legalization from a standpoint of how to make the world a better place.

Mission Statement

The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy will produce, review, and disseminate objective research and opinions about the relationship between Legal Cannabis Policy and other forms of Social Policy including but not limited to Medical Cannabis Policy, Environmental Policy, Agricultural Policy, Public Health Policy, Policing, Foreign Policy, and Economic Policy. This approach prioritizes the assumptions that Cannabis is Food, Fiber, Fuel, Medicine and Culture, rather than a threat to society; and that Cannabis is used both as herbal and modern medicine. The Center’s projects will be grounded in existing social policy interactions at multiple scales, from the local to the global. Our “home” locality is Seattle, Washington, with a particular emphasis on how I-502 interacts with municipal and federal Public Policies, including Medical Cannabis Policy.  It aims to articulate these projects with existing organizational initiatives and social movements that are currently separated from those of Cannabis Reform, in order to change conditions of possibility for legislative and policy initiatives through public education and conscientization.


The passage of Washington State’s Initiative 502 has created a novel contemporary legal landscape, a geographic experiment in Cannabis Legalization.  The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, located in Seattle, Washington, recognizes that policymakers and the public will be watching our experiment not only to see how it plays out, but to learn lessons from which to inform future legalization initiatives and Legal Cannabis landscapes.  The lessons that they learn will depend on what kinds of research and public interest questions are asked, how research projects designed to answer those questions is designed, who collects that data and analyzes it, and finally who disseminates those lessons to the public at large.  The Center’s mission is to study the social effects of Legal Cannabis Policy on social landscapes, specifically by understanding Cannabis Policy as embedded in a broader social and policy landscape … [More on the "About" Page]

The Four Categories:

Analysis includes relatively complex short essays that examine contemporary dynamics with which the Center is concerned.  These are especially oriented towards policymakers, but also interested citizens, organizers, and activists.

Blog posts include more user-friendly forms of public education pieces, rapid reactions to media coverage, representations of existing Cannabis Landscapes, and other forms of clear and focused content.


White Papers include long form essays drawing on expert analysis, written with policy education in mind.

Projects describe existing Center projects at any stage of completion, from concept to funding to operation to results.

If you would like to learn more about the Center, please click on the “About,” “Contact,” “Who We Are”  or “Images” links at the top of the page.


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5 thoughts on “Learning Lessons for Legal Landscapes

  1. Jay Berneburg

    I am an attorney in Tacoma – I have been working with medical marijuana collectives for the past 4 years and am currently assisting a number of applicants for licenses under I-502 – We have problems with the Pierce County Council trying to block I-502 implementation and soon they will be coming after the collective gardens as well – looking forward to responsible research so that we may take informed intelligent approaches to resolving differences – JB

  2. James B

    I-502 was designed to fail from the begining. If patients are forced to recreational stores there prices will tripple if they can even get there meds.
    Also dispensary owners in Colorado are reporting that HALF there sales are to out of state customers. The Cole memo said they would not interfere as long as 8 rules were not broken. One of those rules was to not divert marijuana out of the states that are legal.

    Please sign our petition to Boycott I502 if patients rights are taking away. Takes 2 minutes first name, first initial of last name for privacy and email address.

    More info at http://boycotti502.com

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