Over 350 participants attended The Cannabis Science and Policy Summit. With California and other states likely to vote on full cannabis legalization, decisions made in 2016 may well shape the future of cannabis policy for a generation or more. At the same time, scientific knowledge about the effects of cannabis on its users, and of cannabis policies on cannabis use and other outcomes, continues to grow. Scientists, policy thinkers, journalists, industry leaders, and advocates came together on April 17 and 18 in New York City for a discussion of what is happening, what is likely to happen, and what should be done in the world of cannabis legalization.

Check out a recap from the event:

See more photos here, view the sessions here, and Power Point Presentations here.

Featured Speakers Include:

Event Chair:

Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management

Dr. Mark Kleiman is a Professor of Public Policy and the Director of the Crime and Justice Program at New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management. In addition to his teaching duties, he is a member of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council and a co-editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Dr. Kleiman received a Master’s degree and PhD in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and directed the Justice Department’s Office of Policy and Management Analysis. As founder and chairman of BOTEC Analysis Corporation, he continues to influence both domestic and international policy-makers. Recently, he has been retained to provide guidance and analysis for ground-breaking cannabis legalization projects in Washington State and Jamaica. He is the author of five books on drug and criminal justice policy.

Featured Speaker:

Jonathan Caulkins

Jonathan Caulkins, Stever Professor, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

Jonathan Caulkins is H. Guyford Stever Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Caulkins specializes in systems analysis of problems pertaining to drugs, crime, terror, violence, and prevention – work that won the David Kershaw Award from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Investigator Award, and the INFORMS President’s Award. Issues surrounding marijuana legalization have been a particular focus in recent years; other interests include optimal control, reputation and brand management, prevention, and black markets. He has taught his quantitative decision making course on four continents to students from 50 countries at every level from undergraduate through Ph.D. and exec education.