What kinds of regulatory decisions could we make?
There are hundreds of regulatory decisions we can make to organize a post-prohibition system for substances. These can range from decisions about who has access to drugs, what they have to do to get drugs, the conditions under which drugs are produced and distributed, how they are packaged and labeled, the size and concentrations provided, how they are advertised, where they can be acquired, where they can be consumed, what kinds of health and other information needs to be provided to consumers, and what happens when people break the rules – to list only a few. We are initially focusing on five factors that research tells us are not only directly tied to how risky it is to consume a substance, but are important to consumers when deciding whether they will use the new legal system:
- Who gets to access drugs?
- What do people have to do to access drugs?
- Where can people obtain drugs?
- How much can individuals get and how often?
- Where can people consume drugs?