August 17, 2020

When Illinois launched its market in 2020, it became the first state to tax cannabis based on cannabinoid content. However, it is unlikely to be the last. The fact that no other state taxes cannabis based on potency might seem odd to anyone familiar with alcohol taxes....

August 7, 2020

Public health professionals and regulators nationwide have an eye toward Colorado’s cannabis market as a sign of what to expect as other states’ markets mature. The bi-annual Healthy Kids Colorado Survey has confirmed that legalization has had no statistically signific...

At the request of Illinois State Senator Steans and State Representative Cassidy, Freedman & Koski wrote a snapshot analysis of the current demand for adult use cannabis in Illinois. That snapshot can be found here. A fact sheet for the findings can be found here.

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in The Charleston Gazette-Mail on October 21, 2018.

If you ever open a cannabis business, you will have this meeting: Some really big guys will contact you about your cash problem. A cash problem only they could solve. It will...

September 26, 2018

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in The Hill on September 2nd, 2018.

It’s been a long time since the public has been willing to Just Say No, but that doesn’t mean the government is done saying it.

The long history of United States drug policy has been to pursue...

September 12, 2018

Editors Note: This article was originally published in Forbes on August 13th, 2018.

In the waning days of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s last legislative session, he vetoed three cannabis bills in two days. One would have allowed cannabis to be consumed onsite at...

August 27, 2018

Note, this op-ed was originally published in Westword on April 23rd, 2018.

The woman who was administering marijuana to her son daily desperately needed me to know that she wasn’t a hippie. She had no prior relationship with marijuana. But after she had exhausted all ot...

August 13, 2018

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared in The Washington Post on June 27, 2018.​

John Hudak is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and senior adviser at the cannabis policy consulting firm Freedman & Koski. He is the author of “Marijuana: A Short His...

Editor's Note: This post refers to a white paper we produced in collaboration with Greenbits and can be read here.  

In the headline-grabbing Trump Administration, it can be difficult to maintain focus on a policy development for more than a day or two. So when Att...

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared in The Hill on January 7, 2018.

One of the great social and political experiments of this decade, marijuana legalization, faces its greatest existential threat: Jeff Sessions.

Twenty-nine states have exercised their rights and...

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