The place of cannabis in global drug prohibition is in crisis, opening up new directions for socially engaged cannabis research. The Routledge Handbook of Post-Prohibition Cannabis Research invites readers to explore new landscapes of cannabis research under conditions of legalization with, not after, prohibition: "post-prohibition." The chapters are organized into five multidisciplinary sections: Governance, Public Health, Markets and Society, Ecology and the Environment, and Culture and Social Change. Case studies from the United States, Uruguay, Morocco, and the United Kingdom show readers alternative ways of thinking about human–cannabis relationships that move beyond questions of legality and illegality. Representing a cross-section of cannabis scholarship, the contributors provide readers with critical perspectives on legalization that are not based upon orthodoxies of prohibition. While legalization signals a global shift in the legitimacy of cannabis research, this collection identifies openings for academics, policy makers, and the public interested in ending the drug war, as well as a way to address broader social problems evident in the age of neoliberal governance within which prohibition has been entangled.

section Section 1|68 pages


chapter 3|8 pages

Legalization and Prohibition

Breaks, Continuities, and the Shifting Terms of Racial-Capitalist Governance

chapter 4|9 pages

Growing Pains

Marijuana Legalization in Maine

chapter 6|18 pages

Five Years of Cannabis Regulation

What Can We Learn From the Uruguayan Experience?

chapter 7|10 pages

Medical Cannabis in the UK

The (False) Dawn of a New Era?

section Section 2|53 pages

Public Health

chapter 8|10 pages

Deep Respect After Profound Neglect

Spiritual Health and Safety for Use of Cannabis and Other Entheogens in an Integrative Public Health System

chapter 9|12 pages

Opioids and Substance Abuse

Cannabis as a Harm Reduction Tool

chapter 10|11 pages

Cannabis in Exercise and Sport

section Section 3|71 pages

Markets and Society

chapter 14|12 pages

The Cannabis Enigma

Navigating the Inequitable Tax, Banking, and Insurance Milieu in the United States

chapter 16|9 pages

Cannabis Corporate Social Responsibility

A Critical and Mixed-Method Approach

chapter 18|15 pages

Zero Point Three

Current and Future Directions in the Political Economy of Medicinal Hemp

section Section 4|74 pages

Ecology and the Environment

chapter 19|10 pages

Industrializing Cannabis?

Socio-Ecological Implications of Legalization and Regulation in California

chapter 20|12 pages

The Environmental Impact of Cannabis Liberalization

Lessons From California

chapter 21|23 pages

Energy Use by the Indoor Cannabis Industry

Inconvenient Truths for Producers, Consumers, and Policy Makers

chapter 22|9 pages

Two Rural Industries Intersecting Over Time

Cannabis Production and Ecological Restoration in the Mattole Valley, California, USA

chapter 23|16 pages

Cannabis Seed in the Rif Region of Morocco

The Commodification of Nature and the Construction of a Contested International Market 1

section Section 5|76 pages

Culture and Social Change

chapter 24|11 pages

Flipping the Script on Cannabis Stigma

Legitimacy Strategies of Medical Cannabis Patients

chapter 26|9 pages

Changing the Face of the Stoner

Images of Race and Gender in Cannabis Legalization Campaigns in the United States

chapter 28|11 pages

The Intersection of Cannabis Reform and Other Progressive Movements

Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Researchers

chapter 29|9 pages

Conflict and Consensus When Worlds Collide

The Intersection of Cannabis Citizen Science and Academia