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Cannabis Policy Institute Established at UNLV Amid Rising Cannabis Sales

NEVADA – The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is establishing the Cannabis Policy Institute (CPI) to address the growing importance of cannabis legalization, particularly in Southern Nevada, where annual legal cannabis sales reach around $1 billion.

According to a press release from UNLV, there’s a notable gap in public policy research and scholarship despite the industry’s rapid growth. The CPI aims to fill this void by producing reliable cannabis policy and research guidance, offering educational programs, and engaging with the community.

Led by Riana Durrett, J.D., a prominent figure in Nevada’s cannabis law and policy, the institute plans to launch a panel discussion series and host the nation’s first cannabis policy summit within a year.

“I am excited to work with the president, provost, and our CPI partners to advance cannabis policy discussions, education, compliance, and research implications as the impacts of cannabis legalization continue to unfold and take shape,” said Durrett,

UNLV aims to leverage its faculty expertise and partnerships to become a national leader in cannabis-related public policy research and development.

“There are so many unanswered questions related to cannabis legalization here in Nevada and nationwide, and we believe UNLV – with its vast network of faculty experts and partners – is well-positioned to become a national leader in public policy research and development,” UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield said in the release.

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