Cannabis Harm Reduction

Publications

Can Cannabis Help Solve the Opioid Crisis?
Stacey McKenna

Summary
In 2021, drug overdose deaths in the United States—the vast majority of which were attributable to opioids—topped 100,000, an all-time high. The overprescribing of OxyContin and…

R Street Testimony for FDA’s Proposed Tobacco Product Standards for Menthol in Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars
Mazen Saleh & Jillian Snider

The R Street Institute (R Street) respectfully submits comments on the proposed tobacco product standards for menthol in cigarettes and characterizing flavors in cigars. R Street is a…

, RealClearPolicy
Weed Can Help Veterans Reduce Opioid-related Harms … if it’s Decriminalized
Stacey McKenna

Between 2010 and 2019, 42,627 U.S. veterans died of a drug overdose. In fact, military veterans are 1.5 to 2 times as likely to die of an accidental overdose than the general population. The…

, Newnan Times-Herald
A Confused Approach to Harm Reduction
Marc Hyden

If you want consistent approaches from the government to society’s many problems, then you’re likely to be disappointed. Nowhere is this clearer than in the responses to the tobacco and opioid…

, Orange County Register
States’ latest tobacco ‘protections’ are trying to kill us
Steven Greenhut

I consider myself a rational person, someone who is swayed by solid data and persuasive arguments, yet every afternoon after my work is done, I jump on my three-cylinder Triumph motorcycle and take…

Cannabis Concerns: Fact or Fiction?
Alexandra McCandless

WASHINGTON (April 13, 2022) – In a new report, R Street Institute Senior Fellow Stacey McKenna and Research Fellow Chelsea Boyd identify and analyze common arguments voiced by opponents of cannabis…

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…

Bipartisan Agreement that Over-Criminalizing Tobacco Will Disproportionately Impact People and Communities of Color, Trigger Criminal Penalties, and Lead to Negative Interactions with Law Enforcement
Jillian Snider

Dear Secretary Becerra and Commissioner Califf,

Many of the undersigned organizations submitted a letter last year on April 26, 2021 detailing our deep concerns about banning the legal sale of…

Risk-Proportionate Tobacco Harm Reduction Legislation
Chelsea Boyd

Tobacco products exist on a continuum of risk, with combustible products representing the highest risk and electronic nicotine delivery systems falling at the lower end of the risk continuum….

R Street Integrated Harm Reduction Principles and Priorities
Mazen Saleh & Chelsea Boyd

The R Street Institute believes that health policy grounded in harm reduction has the potential to reduce the negative consequences associated with various behaviors drastically, both legal and…

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