Buoyed by positive polling, cannabis may soon be legal at the federal level as policymakers discuss bipartisan approaches to legalization. With the drug already legal in 20 states, many other states are poised to expand the cannabis industry’s commercial operations.

Sharing the implications at a United Nations panel was Schaeffer Center Senior Fellow Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, PhD, co-director of the Policy Affinity Group at the USC Institute for Addiction Science, president of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, plus chair of health policy, economics and law and associate professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy. Speaking to policy leaders from more than 40 countries weighing their own cannabis laws, she focused on research implications of cannabis legalization.

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