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Lee Hannah, Jr., Ph.D. (Committee Chair); Pramod Kantha, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Liam Anderson, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


Globally, the policies that states engage in concerning the cultivation, production, distribution, and sale of recreational cannabis in the 21st century is changing rapidly. Three countries have now legalized, regulated, and implemented recreational cannabis frameworks, albeit in starkly different ways. These countries are The United States of America, Uruguay, and Canada. This research identifies the contradictory nature of cannabis policy goals and compares the similarities and differences of each countries’ recreational cannabis framework. It proposes a theory of understanding the contradictory nature of creating cannabis policies post-legalization and presents a framework from which to analyze the success of individual cannabis frameworks to contribute to furthering policymakers and the broader public's understanding of best practices.

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Department of Political Science

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.