Meeting Archive:
State-Level Variation in the Regulation of Edible Cannabis Products

Meeting Description:

Even though the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and sale of cannabis products remain illegal under federal law, 29 states have legalized medicinal cannabis and eight of those 29 states have additionally legalized recreational cannabis. In the absence of federal guidance, each of these states has had to create a regulatory framework that limits and enforces how cannabis products can be cultivated and distributed. One area of emerging cannabis policy is the regulation of cannabis-infused edible products, which require a different set of restrictions and requirements than cannabis-infused products that are inhaled or applied topically.  A second emergent area is how dispensary staff communicate the health and safety risks about edible cannabis products to consumers in retail settings.

The first part of this webinar will highlight how states regulate the ways in which edible cannabis products used for medicinal or recreational purposes are cultivated, labeled, packaged, distributed and sold, with respect to THC limits and homogeneity requirements, labeling and packaging requirements, and pesticide testing. The second part of the webinar will feature findings from a recent online survey of cannabis dispensary staff, including data pertaining to risk disclosure and labeling practices for edible products. The webinar will conclude with recommendations on best practices for state officials and stakeholders, and a Q&A session.

This webinar is being held in collaboration between the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and RTI International.

Date: Tue, Nov 14, 2017
Time: 01:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Elizabeth Landeen
 Presenter Information
Camille Gourdet, JD, MA
Camille Kempf Gourdet is a research public health analyst in RTI International’s Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research and has more than 7 years of experience in evaluating tobacco-related policies at the state level, to help measure their impact on public health outcomes. She has done extensive primary legal and policy research, synthesis, and data abstraction of relevant and existing state-level policies that pertain to medicinal and recreational marijuana use, child obesity and tobacco control. At RTI, she conducts primary policy research and analysis, manages a nationwide study aimed at decreasing tobacco use among certain populations, and contributes to study designs and protocols. She has also supported innovative social media recruiting efforts by using targeted ads on Facebook and Instagram to recruit certain groups of respondents.

Nicholas Peiper, PhD, MPH
Dr. Nicholas C. Peiper is a behavioral epidemiologist with 10 years of experience conducting interdisciplinary substance use and mental health research. His current research concentrates on the application of emergent computational methods to understand the epidemiology of cannabis use, including the intersection with health policy. As part of this work, he currently conducts Internet-mediated surveys with medical cannabis patients and the dispensary workforce. He also leads an interdisciplinary team of scientists to analyze data from a social media platform that has processed over 100 million cannabis-related tweets. In addition, he has directed several university-affiliated practicum programs; mentored numerous graduate students in public health and clinical psychology; and developed content for online doctoral courses in behavioral epidemiology and applied research methodologies.