Getting it Right
From the Start
Advancing Public Health & Equity in Cannabis Policy
When California legalized cannabis through Proposition 64, the state left many of the details of cannabis policy to local jurisdictions. Our project works with cities and counties, as well as other states, to provide guidance on adopting cannabis policies that reduce harms, protect against youth and problem cannabis use, and ensure social equity.
NEWS & EVENTS
Access our most recent Webinar on Mobilizing Local Cannabis Tax Revenue in the COVID-19 Era here.
Held Monday, June 29, 2020
In 2018, 289, or 58% of California cities and counties legalized some form of commercial cannabis activity, including cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, retail or testing. Of those, at least 53% did not impose a local tax on cannabis, and the average gross receipts tax across activities was just 5%. In the era of COVID-19 when local budgets and staff are being severely cut, and critical social needs go unmet, reasonable local cannabis taxation could provide a much needed source of revenue. Amongst those who did levy a tax, little or no revenue was dedicated to community social needs, youth or prevention, while law enforcement budgets continued to rise.
Our speakers will discuss, at this time of shrinking local revenue due to the pandemic, where we stand on local marijuana taxation in California, sharing new research on how these products are being taxed and regulated in California’s 539 cities and counties, how to tax cannabis commerce locally, how current cannabis tax revenues are primarily benefiting law enforcement and offer some alternative approaches for capturing revenue to benefit youth and communities and meet local needs.
This Web Forum is recommended for local elected officials and policymakers (city council members, supervisors, fiscal staff, public health staff, social services), and community advocates for youth, public health or substance abuse issues.
Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Getting it Right from the Start: Local Regulation of Recreational Marijuana, Senior Advisor, Public Health Institute (PHI) and Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco
Michael Colantuono, JD, Attorney, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
Jim Keddy, Executive Director, Youth Forward
Alisa Padon, PhD, Research Scientist, Getting it Right from the Start project, Public Health Institute (PHI)
Interested in learning more? Read next about our article in JAMA on local cannabis laws in California.
Protect children and youth
Don't exacerbate existing health inequalities such as low birth weight, poor mental health outcomes, or lower high school graduation rates
Minimize cannabis dependency and attendant health and social harms
Minimize creation of a powerful new tobacco-like industry
Reduce social harms related to the war on drugs
Promote economic and social justice