The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy

From left to right:  Dr. Corva, Martin Lee, Alison Bigelow, Dr. Sexton, and Christopher Larson
From left to right: Dr. Dominic Corva (CASP), Martin Lee (Project CBD, O’Shaughnessy’s), Alison Bigelow, Dr. Michelle Sexton (CASP, Phytalab), and Christopher Larson (Sohum Seeds) at 2015 Seattle Hempfest Panle discussion “CBD: Time for a Conversation”

We are a Federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit action-research think tank fiscally sponsored as an Americans for Safe Access Foundation partner organization. Our organization serves as a central node for information about cannabis policy and markets in a wider social context, especially in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Mission Statement

The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy (CASP) 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.


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

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Integrated Social Policy Research 

  • Commitment to Contributing to the Public Debate on Cannabis-related Policies
  • Bringing Groups Together for Intelligent Cannabis Policy Design
  • Cannabis and substitution for drugs of abuse


  • Input and Comment on Proposed laws and regulations
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance Protocols
  • Protocol Development for Laboratories
  • Protocol Development for Dispensing of Cannabis Product

Scientific and Medical Education

  • Course development for CEUs
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Expert Testimony for Cannabis law




2 thoughts on “The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy

  1. I would like to see cannabis laws where anyone can grow as much as they want for self use and gifts. If you want to grow commercially you can pay for an annual license (say $2,000.00?…enough so only serious people would buy one, but low enough for the small grows to afford to join too)
    I think you’d get the big tobacco companies making a standard moderately priced ok product, but there would also be a market for the exotic strains and extra fine quality that a small grower could provide.

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