Raising the Bar – Setting New Standards and Building Public Trust

By Jill Ellsworth, MS, RDN | National Cannabis Industry Association, August 29, 2018

In 1991, professors Harry G. Levine and Craig Reinarman published an article in the healthcare journal The Milbank Quarterly titled, “From Prohibition to Regulation: Lessons from Alcohol Policy for Drug Policy.”

In their study, they note the quiet effectiveness of an industry that has regulated itself without issue since 1934.

The leaders of the major alcohol industries, just like other members of the economic establishment, have a strong investment in maintaining order and obedience to law. Now, many decades after national alcohol prohibition ended, it is easy to forget that all this was the outcome of self-conscious public policy and not the ‘natural’ result of market forces or national zeitgeist.