Policy Studies

Publications

Transmission Reform Strategy from a Customer Perspective: Optimizing Net Benefits and Procedural Vehicles
Devin Hartman & Jennifer Chen

INTRODUCTION
Cost-efficient electric transmission planning, development and operations are vital for grid reliability and economic development. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) have access to ample…

Opinions on Judicial Reform: A Review of the 2021 Supreme Court Commission
Matt Germer

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In April 2021, President Joe Biden created the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States to evaluate many of the most popular ideas for reforming the…

Cleaner by the Dozen: Twelve Reforms to Make Texas Cleaner, Stronger and Freer
Josiah Neeley

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Texas conservatives should look to fundamental principles in crafting a positive policy agenda on climate change. Though often overlooked, many of the best ways to improve the…

Alcohol delivery and underage drinking: Data-driven lessons from direct-to-consumer wine shipping
C. Jarrett Dieterle

INTRODUCTION
When it comes to having alcoholic beverages delivered to our doors, America is in a very different place today than it was 24 months ago. As COVID-19 spread across the world, markets…

Debt-based license suspensions: Drivers of poverty and incarceration
Christi Smith

INTRODUCTION
Driving is a privilege, not a right, in the United States. It is also a privilege that is revoked from millions of Americans, not due to dangerous driving or criminal conduct but…

Cannabis Is Not Risk Free, but Smart Policies Can Reduce Harm
Stacey McKenna & Chelsea Boyd

Test your knowledge about cannabis risks

It has been almost 30 years since California legalized medical cannabis and nearly a decade since Colorado and Washington first allowed adult recreational use, and the United States seems to be leaving its “Reefer Madness” days in the dust. Indeed, Americans now overwhelmingly support some degree of cannabis legalization, and both parties have shown an interest in federal decriminalization. Despite this shift in perspective, opponents of legalization still make their argument by pointing to fears about how cannabis use and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) intoxication may affect public health and safety.

In this policy paper, we identified five top concerns from anti-legalization efforts, assessed their validity and outlined relevant policy implications. Before you dive into the details of the paper, test your knowledge here!

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THC levels are higher than they were in the past. True? False?

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Cannabis use causes mental health conditions. True? False?

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Legalizing cannabis leads more teens to use. True? False?

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Accidental cannabis poisonings are a danger to children. True? False?

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Driving under the influence of THC causes more accidents and road fatalities. True? False?

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Since California legalized medical cannabis almost three decades ago, support for relaxed laws around the Schedule I substance has spread throughout the United…

Conservative Jurisdictions Champion Diversion Efforts
Lisel Petis

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Law enforcement agencies across the country, regardless of state or jurisdiction population size, are facing challenges on a daily basis, including exhaustion and frustration from…

Deposit refund systems are more effective than mandates
Philip Rossetti

INTRODUCTION
Recent speculation that a federal level bill for a deposit return system (DRS) (commonly called a bottle bill), as well as recent efforts by states to reform DRSs, has renewed interest…

Combating the Rise in Homicides by Expanding the Use of Citations In Lieu of Arrest
Maya Szilak

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The rise in homicide rates that began in 2020 continues to be a major source of public concern. Law enforcement agencies need effective strategies to deal with this issue without…

The Need to Reduce Tariffs on Non-Leather Goods
Clark Packard

Introduction
Since World War II, tariffs and other barriers to trade have fallen dramatically as the United States and its economic partners have liberalized the trade of goods and services across…

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