A New Study Analyzes U.S. State Approaches To Cannabis Licensing

A new study conducted by economic researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst provided a systematic analysis of the current licensing strategies taken by all states that have passed cannabis laws and adult-use recreational cannabis laws.

The study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy showed data on cannabis business licenses offered in each state, as well as metrics for license categories, cost and issuance volume.

The method used by researchers analyzed patterns between these metrics, considered how long ago the states implemented and recreational cannabis laws, qualitative licensing aspects, state ideology, voting preference and state cannabis taxation data.

The economic researchers from the university — Lucy Xiaolu Wang and Nicholas J. Wilson — found states tend to license cannabis more restrictively than adult-use cannabis and stated that implemented medical and recreational …

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