The United States has not so far adopted the best approach to cannabis legalization, but its example and probable economic consequences may present major challenges for countries that want to enact more public health‐orientated cannabis regulation.We agree with Arnott that strong support for an abstinence agenda among leading tobacco control advocates has been a major barrier to the tobacco control field learning from cannabis policy. These leaders have been understandably resistant to tobacco harm reduction because of their battles with the tobacco cigarette industry in the last half of the 20th century . We hope that this situation will improve with a generational change in tobacco control leadership during the coming decade.We also agree with Hughes , Pardo and Rolles that cannabis laws enacted to legalize cannabis in eight US states provide examples of how not to implement a public health‐orientated cannabis policy. The policies in these states are the outcomes of citizen‐initiated referenda, and a conflict between Federal and State law has encouraged the use of a commercialized model based on alcohol . If cannabis legalization were to become national policy in the United States, the constitutional guarantee of commercial freedom of speech will make it even more
Addiction – Wiley
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