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Our Model Ordinances

This ordinance covers best practices in retail, including hours, potency & product restrictions, youth protection, caps on dispensaries, and equity considerations.

This ordinance is our recommended approach to taxation in that it directs revenue towards specified public health and prevention funding.

Our alternative tax ordinance, this approach places revenue in a general fund with an advisory panel.


We collaboratively develop and test models of optimal cannabis policy (retail practices, marketing & taxation) with the goal of reducing harms, youth use & problem use. These models are based on the best scientific evidence and guided by the principles of public health, social justice, and equity. 

We also provide technical assistance to jurisdictions considering legalizing cannabis. Please contact us for more information. 



Tel: 510.285.5648

Fax: 510.285.5501

Email: amanda.naprawa@phi.org

Public Health Institute

555 12th Street, 10th Floor

Oakland, CA 94607