Thomson Reuters recently released the first broad, in-depth accounting of the evolving field of cannabis law with Cannabis Law Deskbook, published in partnership with the Attorney General Alliance (AGA). It provides a roadmap for navigating the patchwork of federal, state and local laws governing the U.S. and Canadian cannabis and hemp markets.

Austin Bernstein is co-managing editor of Cannabis Law Deskbook, director of the AGA Cannabis Project, and assistant attorney general of Colorado. He explained how states have been at the forefront of experimenting with adult-use and medical cannabis programs.

Bernstein noted that since 2012, when Colorado and Washington created the world’s first adult-use cannabis markets, the pace of reform has quickened. Today’s cannabis markets reflect a multi-billion-dollar industry operating within a patchwork system of state and local laws.

“We wrote Cannabis Law Deskbook to help lawyers, policy makers, law enforcement officials and market participants navigate the complexities presented by the current state of cannabis legalization,” said Bernstein. “There is so much to consider when creating new regulations and policy, enforcing them or navigating the legal system where it comes to cannabis law, so we hand-picked the most experienced public sector attorneys and regulators from over a dozen state and local jurisdictions across the country as our contributing authors. Their analysis is objective and nonpartisan.”

The authors include leading subject matter experts in cannabis law and policy. They guide readers through the structure and function of a complex regulatory landscape, examining the impacts of various types of legislation and regulation, including regulatory structure, public health considerations, testing and tracking of cannabis, market incentives, illicit activity, and investigations and enforcement.

“We heard from many of our customers that navigating and understanding the various types of policy that have been effective in this nascent field of law is cumbersome and challenging,” said Sharon Sayles Belton, vice president of Partnerships and Alliances, Thomson Reuters. “From conflicts between federal and state laws, to compliance and tracking, to social equity programs, to confusion with laws covering cultivation of hemp, this book provides insight into every aspect of cannabis law.”

Learn more and purchase Cannabis Law Deskbook here.

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