CANNABIS LEGALIZATION IS ONE OF THE GREAT SOCIAL AND POLITICAL EXPERIMENTS OF THE CENTURY

Cannabis Public Policy Consulting ensures successful implementation.

We work with government, research institutions, communities and private businesses to get legalization right.

Cannabis legalization has outpaced the capacity of state and local governments to implement it effectively.

Governments in newly legalized states face a staggering number of questions and uncertainties.

Governments need to work with private enterprises to provide solutions for data, financing, banking, and compliance.

State and local governments simply don't have access to the expertise they need to succeed.

80+ MILLION PEOPLE

now live in a state with legalized adult-use cannabis

33 STATES

now have legalized medical cannabis

There are only a handful of experts on cannabis legalization specializing in implementation.

 

CANNABIS LEGALIZATION

 

We provide unmatched expertise in cannabis legalization to help state and local governments succeed.

GOVERNMENT

For government, we provide unmatched expertise in marijuana legalization to help state and local governments succeed, and to make sure the latest innovations and standards are being recognized and implemented.

 

We have helped jurisdictions across the United States and in foreign countries explore policy alternatives, establish initial governance structures, draft legislative language, develop regulations, create communication plans, prioritize budgets, and engage communities and stakeholders that both support and oppose marijuana reform. We analyze data and experiences across states to share best practices and anticipate challenges.

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Seed-to-sale tracking
02
Data analytics and technology solutions
03
Policy and budget development
04
Communications and public health campaigns
06

Lab testing and pesticide use

07

Governance and enforcement structures for medical and recreational marijuana, and hemp

08

Socializing new laws and regulations

05

Public safety guidelines and challenges

09

Political engagement with constituencies

Government’s role in implementing marijuana policy is critical, but it also has limitations that the private sector can help fill. Even though there is still significant uncertainty among private companies, there are tremendous opportunities for such businesses to help government shape what marijuana legalization looks like across the country.

 

Our expertise in direct-to-government work and in ancillary services such as banking, financing, data analytics, insurance products and many more will demonstrate how to explore the legalization markets and make informed decisions that address concerns to entry while optimizing opportunities to participate.

 

Freedman and Koski is uniquely positioned to help these businesses thrive in an emerging and constantly changing business environment. We provide clarity in a volatile business landscape by helping bring sound products to market and tailoring these products to the unique characteristics of the industry and to varying state and local regulations.

Areas of Expertise
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Data and analytics
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Financial services

03

Infrastructure

04

Research and biotech

05

Seed-to-sale

06

General advisory

07

Strategic communications

08

Intergovernmental relations

09

System implementation

10

Management consulting

 
Areas of Expertise
PRIVATE BUSINESS
GOVERNMENT
Areas of Expertise

We help jurisdictions across the United States and in foreign countries explore policy alternatives, establish initial governance structures, draft legislative language, develop regulations, create communication plans, prioritize budgets, and engage communities and stakeholders that both support and oppose cannabis reform. We analyze data and experiences across states to share best practices and anticipate challenges.

01
Seed-to-sale tracking
04
Communications and public health campaigns
07

Governance and enforcement structures

02
Data analytics and technology solutions
05

Public safety guidelines and challenges

08

Socializing new laws and regulations

03
Policy and budget development
06

Lab testing and pesticide use

09

Political engagement with stakeholders

Areas of Expertise
PRIVATE BUSINESS

Government can't do this alone. To successfully implement cannabis reform, ancillary businesses that provide financial, monitoring, safety, data, and infrastructure solutions must become the backbone of the regulatory system. We are uniquely positioned to help these businesses thrive in an emerging and constantly changing business environment. We provide clarity in a volatile business landscape by helping bring sound products to market and tailoring these products to the unique characteristics of the industry and to varying state and local regulations.

01
Data and analytics
04

Research and biotech

07

Strategic communications

02

Financial services

05

Seed-to-sale

08

Intergovernmental relations

03

Infrastructure

06

Management 

09

System implementation

 
 
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

We present up-to-date research and firsthand experiences about what happens after states implement legalized cannabis We are proven thought leaders who are on the cutting edge of policy creation and implementation, and our co-founders will help define marijuana policy nationwide and internationally.

 

We have had the honor of presenting to some of the most influential groups and at some of the most powerful conferences:

Testimonies and briefings:

  • United States Congress

  • Florida Legislature

  • California Legislature

  • California Treasury

  • California Board of Equalization

  • Connecticut Legislature

  • Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors

  • Ohio Legislature

  • Maine Legislature

  • Nevada Legislature

  • Vermont Legislature

  • Rhode Island Legislature

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Virginia Bar Association

  • National Governors Association

  • The Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

  • The American Association of Credit Union Leagues

  • The Civic Federation of Chicago

  • The Brookings Institution

  • American Public Health Association

  • Empire Club of Canada

  • Senate of Canada

  • House of Commons of Canada

  • Calgary Canadian Summit

Conferences:

  • Code Conference

  • The Seminar

  • Aspen Ideas Fest

  • Aspen Institute-Mexico

  • Summit Series

  • Biennial of the Americas

  • The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health

  • Governing Magazine Leadership Forum

  • The Cannabis Science and Policy Summit

  • Conference of State Bank Supervisors

  • National Conference of State Legislatures

  • American Civil Liberties Union

  • The Ohio State University

  • SXSW

  • The District of Columbia Council

  • Association of Food and Drug Officials

  • Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police

  • Louisiana Hospital Association

  • Canadian Petroleum Safety Conference

  • GardaWorld Banking Forum

  • Credit Union National Association

 

Top media outlets agree with us.

Recent Coverage

"I actually see this as a populist-movement-vs.-representative (body) issue," says Andrew Freedman, who helped set up Colorado's recreational-pot program and now consults governments on doing so.​

"A vote of the people is much more aspirational in terms of what you want your state to look like, and the vote to implement is much more what your state will look like. And then you have to own the outcome," Freedman says.

Andrew Freedman describes his new consulting gig with the state of Rhode Island as mostly helping with “boring, technical nerdy stuff.” But the topic he’s an expert on is anything but boring. Now, Freedman’s consulting firm has been hired by the Raimondo administration to help possibly implement recreational marijuana in Rhode Island, and make updates to the existing medical marijuana program.

Marijuana might seem to be an odd place to start on that quest. But if you view it, as Freedman does, through the lens of social justice, or economic potential, or public health, you get a picture of his mission.

As befits a guy who helped open Pandora’s pot stash, Freedman thinks a lot about the welfare of the public. Ask him if he’s a health innovator and his answer is equal parts modest and wonky: “I would not consider myself a public-health expert,” he says. “I can get the public-health experts to weigh in on policy in an effective manner, and to actually bring those groups together to influence policy.” And in Colorado’s case, lead the grand cannabis experiment.

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It's a move that could prevent some headaches for Canadians, said John Hudak,..."The best way for Canada to deal with this issue is to be proactive. Designing information campaigns in dispensaries, on roadways near airports and borders, and in airports themselves, is an important step," he said.

Hudak said that even though the “changes in stigma have been dramatic,” and support for policy reform is “highly addictive right now in the United States Congress,” the movement for change on Capitol Hill is “probably not there yet.”

This duopoly presents a problem, said John Hudak, a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. “There are supply issues in the country,” he said, citing “the limited amount of cannabis produced in a given harvest.

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