Getting it Right from the Start, a project of the Public Health Institute, is pleased to announce the official release of our Local Cannabis Policy 2020 Scorecards, now available at https://gettingitrightfromthestart.org/ca-cities-counties. Since 2018, we have been analyzing policies related to retail cannabis sales, marketing and taxation to better protect youth, reduce problem cannabis use, and promote social equity. Based on our findings, we developed a “scorecard” of cannabis-related polices in six public health and equity focused categories. The 2020 scorecard covers local policies in effect by January 1, 2020, for every California jurisdiction that allowed storefront cannabis retailers. In this Web Forum, we will be discussing our methodology and findings.
 
Along with our scorecards, we will be discussing our revised, public health-focused Model Cannabis Retail Sales and Marketing Ordinance. Our ordinance was first published in 2017, along with model local taxation ordinances, to help local California jurisdictions respond more safely to the legalization of adult-use cannabis approved by voters in 2016.
 

We hope this Web Forum on our scorecards and model ordinance will help guide California cities and counties, as well as other states and countries, in determining how to implement potential best regulatory practices for cannabis to better support public health and social equity.

Presenters

Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Getting it Right from the Start

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

  • Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Lynn Silver, a pediatrician, researcher and public health advocate, is Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute and Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco. She focuses on policies to prevent noncommunicable disease, its risk factors and inequitable impact. Silver was Assistant Health Commissioner of New York City…

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Alisa Padon, PhD

Research Scientist, Getting it Right from the Start project

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Dr. Alisa Padon’s past research focused on youth-targeted marketing and promotions of alcohol and tobacco products, examining the intersection between the unique vulnerabilities of youth and the psychosocial and neurocognitive appeals and techniques used in marketing. She is now translating that work as a research scientist at the Public Health…

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Aurash Soroosh

Policy Associate, Getting it Right from the Start

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Aurash Jason Soroosh works as a Policy Research Associate at the Public Health Institute. He is a Registered Dietitian and received a Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Before coming to PHI, Jason was a Cannabis Product Safety Analyst at the…

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Moderator

Kiara Gonzalez Garcia

Program Administrator, Getting it Right from the Start

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Kiara Gonzalez provides communications and administrative support to the project. She received her Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Gonzalez has experience working with non-profits and health initiative programs such as the Berkeley Student Cooperative and the Healthy Hearts Clinic at the Children’s Hospital…

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