The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world.
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Helping communities requires understanding the effects of regulations
The Public Health Institute tackles real-world applications that protect at-risk groups from making poor cannabis-related decisions. For example, understanding how communities are affected by past and present cannabis regulations helps predict how communities would respond to legalization. However, performing historical regulatory research across states like California presented insurmountable challenges to the non-profit organization. With limited resources, navigating and consolidating data from hundreds of fragmented municipal websites was considered an arduous and unreliable research project.
Reliable research leads to more successful programs
With CannaRegs, PHI has confidently performed annual regulatory research across the 539 cities and counties in California, all in one place. Using the information found, PHI research scientists have seen how localities approach cannabis legalization, which has helped them prepare data-driven programs to better promote public health. For example, their team has been developing a grading system and scorecard for local jurisdictions based on their consideration for promoting public health in the legalization process. As a result, interested jurisdiction leaders can work with PHI to improve their scores to become active partners in creating healthier communities.
"There are many times when I find things in CannaRegs that I would not be able to find anywhere else. It has saved our organization probably years to do the research necessary to understand the historical trends of localities and analyze how we could use that information to help our communities."
Alisa PadonResearch Scientist, Public Health Institute