About

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 (Heritage Farmer), Dr. Michelle Sexton (CASP), and Christopher Larson (Lost Coast Botanicals) at 2015 Seattle Hempfest Panel discussion “CBD: Time for a Conversation”

The Center’s mission is: to study how Cannabis Policy shapes and is shaped by broader social interests and policy frameworks; and to share that research with policymakers and the public in the interest of grounding cannabis policy in evidence to optimize the social good.

What we do:

  • Produce original research and analysis of cannabis policy from the perspective of “the whole plant.”
  • Produce popular education events that double as fundraisers, such as The Orignal Terpestival™

Organizational Structure and Purpose

The Cannabis and Social Policy Center (CASP) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research cooperative led by two Research Directors (RD): Dr. Michelle Sexton, Executive Medical Research Director and Dr. Dominic Corva, Executive Social Science Research Director. She is based out of San Diego, and he is based out of Seattle. The Research Directors set the agenda of the Center at the annual Board meeting, held every December at the Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa, California. Funds are raised on a rolling basis, as-needed, from the following sources: Consulting Fees from RD Subcontracting (The State of Maryland and BOTEC Corp. for example); course teaching at the University of Washington; fundraisers such as the Original Terpestival; and finally CASP network asks by RDs and Board members, including Friends and Family. The RDs cooperatively share responsibilities usually associated with an Executive Director. The CASP agenda is determined by Researchers, not Administrators; and its small-to-medium size fundraising base that includes a mix of remunerated public sector education and contract work, at least one annual fundraiser, and small, infrequent donations.

The CASP Board reflects this unique democratic research agenda. CASP Board members primarily serve as information portals to the real cannabis whole plant economy, without which nothing related to cannabis can happen. They are embedded in the private sector, so the RDs don’t have to be. Each Board member brings a unique expert subject position to the RDs, across a range of cannabis issues including science, economy, politics and culture. The Board members are responsible for consistently updating RDs from their fields of specialization; and for checking information coming in to RDs from other sources. Their value as information portals relates directly to their reputations as successful and trustworthy market actors. Board members hold RDs accountable for the verifiability and reliability of the information associated with CASP.

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  1. Hi,

    I work in an endocannabinoid lab at the University of California in Irvine. My aim as a researcher is to investigate the augmented state that marijuana provides and how the brain supports it. However, I understand there are international laws and a considerable amount of “red tape” that continues to impede research in this area. How can policy makers and the scientific community in Washington or Colorado find a way to use the marijuana legalized in their states for research in healthy human subjects?

    Thank you,
    Conor

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