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The Weedsmith Series

State Regulatory Reform: The Weedsmith with Amanda Reiman

As part of the cannabis industry, state regulations are an obstacle we all have to face. On this week’s episode of The Weedsmith, Grasslands’ new series on modern cannabis leadership, listen to how some states demonstrate a willingness to understand the harms of cannabis prohibition, according to chief knowledge officer at New Frontier Data/founder at Personal Plants, Amanda Reiman. The Weedsmith runs Tuesdays on Grasslands LinkedIn and Instagram pages.


Ricardo Baca:

You are listening to The Weedsmith, a show about modern cannabis leadership. I’m your host Ricardo Baca and today I'm thankful and excited to be sitting across from my friend Amanda Reiman. We just had another academic study pointing toward legal cannabis and more progressive drug policy laws leading to less reliance upon opioids, and this is just astounding.

Amanda Reiman:

Well I think it makes sense. There's a lot of things going on in the constellation of culture and policy change. And when you look at the states that were the first to end cannabis prohibition, like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, these are states, with maybe the exception of Colorado, which is kind of an anomaly as we know, who have had progressive policies around drug use for quite sometime, that have been on the side of decriminalization, that have looked at alternatives to incarceration. San Francisco is looking at safe injection facilities. We see those moving forward in places like Seattle and in Portland. And I think there is a connection between the willingness to understand the harms of cannabis prohibition and to understand what really works when it comes to helping people reduce the harms of hazardous substance use. I think there's definitely a connection in the culture that happens in those states. And we're seeing that as an outcome related to that.