While tobacco control and cannabis reform may appear to be divergent phenomena, in many cases thinking is converging around similar regulatory models which seek to minimize social and health harms. The origins of policymaking processes for cannabis reforms in the United States can influence outcomes, with government‐led processes more likely to prioritize public health than activist and industry‐led ballot initiatives.It is certainly the case that the groupings driving the two policy positions identified by Hall & Kozlowski , cannabis legalization and nicotine prohibition, have different sets of priorities. The nicotine prohibitionists overwhelmingly prioritize public health while, among US cannabis reformers, activists are also motivated by a broader spectrum of priorities, including personal freedom, social justice and, in the case of industry, commercial interest. However, while it is interesting to contrast these apparently diverging phenomena within drug policy, generalizations about either grouping may not tell the whole story. By no means all tobacco control advocates call for nicotine prohibition, nor do all cannabis reform advocates support a free market model similar to alcohol. Indeed, many serious and influential voices in both tobacco control and cannabis reform converge around the centre ground, an optimal regulatory space somewhere between the extremes of
Addiction – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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