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Dominic Corva

Dominic is a political geographer and public policy scholar. He serves as executive director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy in Washington state and an Affiliate Researcher for the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University, California. At the University of Washington, he created the “Reefer Madness” course that explores cannabis’s effect on culture and policy. His dissertation research examined the political economy of international drug policy in the Western Hemisphere, and his postdoctoral research has focused on the political economy of cannabis agriculture in Southern Humboldt County.

Washington ‘Original Terpestival’ to Celebrate Terpenes July 23

Terpestival July 23 2015

The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy is proud to announce its first public education event, “The Original Terpestival,” on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The festival will celebrate the whole cannabis entourage of compounds at SODO in Seattle. Terpestival will highlight the role of the terpenoids with education and a competition. CASP is honored to host, for the first time in Seattle,...

Oregon Moves Towards Washington on Medical Cannabis

Oregon medical cannabis policy and industry future in question.

Over the last several months, Oregon's legalization agenda has shifted considerably towards that of Washington. Usually, it's not clear who is doing the moving, and we are left to engage with emergent discourses that support the re-criminalization of most cannabis production outside of a tightly regulated "recreational" framework. This means stricter and stricter interpretations of the Federal Cole Memo from...

Wooden Nickels in Washington State — Personal Cultivation and Political Theater

Olympia CapitolBuilding

On Friday, February 13, 2015, The Washington State Senate passed SB 5052, sponsored by State Senator Ann Rivers, Republican Senator from the 18th District.  I was there, but for reference please see this link to the archive of the hearing. The Bill's original language was bought and paid for by an I-502 business group sponsored by real estate developer Martin...

Cups, Festivals and Protestivals: The Cultural Politics of Cannabis Events

Lost Coast Botanicals' Christopher Larson was a key participant for "CBD: It's Time for a Conversation." Photo by Steve Hyde.

Seattle Hempfest, the grand dame of noncommercial cannabis events in the U.S., concluded yesterday with a lot less controversy and media scrutiny than I have seen since I began speaking there in 2007. The 23-year, all-volunteer event celebrated its 19th iteration at Myrtle Edwards Park, where over three days the all-volunteer crew served 5 stages, hundreds of speakers, about 200,000 people,...

The Return of the $4500 Pound

Blue Dream Cannabis Pound

Questions of Price as Washington State Rolls Out Recreational Cannabis While many focus on the high per-gram retail prices for legal cannabis, and complain about the slow pace of the WSLCB retail launch, the reality is that active I-502 growers will experience a major windfall in the coming months.  The question is, how much and for whom? Even as I write, one...

Cannabis: Still a “Signal of Misunderstanding”


The passage of "CBD only" cannabis legislation in Florida this week signals a new challenge to the national discourse around what, exactly, is cannabis and to what extent it can be integrated into social policy -- in this case public health policy.  While efforts to educate the public on the limits to this approach by the Drug Policy Alliance here...

Beyond Black and White in Washington State

black and gray cannabis markets in Washington

One of the major challenges for policymakers in Washington State -- and elsewhere -- is how to create a legal market when policy liberalization over the last 15 years or so has made it much easier for consumers to get cannabis through black and gray markets. This is especially true for places like Seattle, where a lion's share of...

What’s California got to do with Washington?

On Dec. 4, 2013, I attended "Civic Cocktail," a monthly public interest program put on by Seattle cable Channel 21 sponsored by the Seattle City Club. The topic was "Cannabis and Culture," and the featured guests were two of the most significant, if not the most significant, catalysts for passing Washington State Initiative 502: ACLU lawyer Alison Holcomb and...