Who We Are

The Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation's (CPEAR) mission is to advance a comprehensive federal regulatory framework for cannabis. The coalition consists of members representing regulated industries, academics, think tanks, public safety officials, medical and mental health professionals, financial services firms, and social equity organizations, all of whom are developing policy and building a national conversation on the federal regulation of cannabis. Together this coalition strives to be a trusted, science-driven resource for lawmakers and the larger stakeholder community as we collaborate to develop responsible policies that provide access to cannabis while protecting consumers and patients, barring underage use, upholding public health and safety, and promoting equity.

Center of Excellence

CPEAR’s Center of Excellence is comprised of leaders throughout the United States who are experts on a broad array of issues that will be affected by federal cannabis legalization. The Center of Excellence works to analyze the effect cannabis legalization would have on these policy areas and the ways in which they should be integrated into a national regulatory framework.

We analyze the following policy areas:

  • Data and research
  • Regulatory and enforcement structures
  • Legacy and state systems
  • Financing and minority capital access
  • Tax policy
  • Public safety
  • Product format and potency
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Social equity
  • Patient access
  • Medical benefits and mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Impaired driving
  • Youth use prevention
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Workplace safety

Membership in the Center of Excellence by an individual issue expert does not denote endorsement by any organization. Support for cannabis legalization is not a requirement for Center of Excellence members, and neither the Center as a whole nor individual members will be expected to endorse cannabis legalization in general or support particular policy solutions.

Center of Excellence Members:

Brandy Axdahl

Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

Derek Smith

Resource Innovation Institute

Anthony Lamorena

R Street Institute

Karmen Hanson

National Conference of State Legislatures

Shanita Penny

Budding Solutions

Dr. Staci Gruber

McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr. G. Malik Burnett

University of Maryland

Amber LittleJohn

Ice Miller


  • Altria Client Services
  • The Brink's Company
  • Compliance Technology Coalition
  • Constellation Brands, Inc.
  • Convenience Distribution Association
  • Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • Molson Coors Beverage Company
  • National Association of Convenience Stores
  • Reynolds American

If you are interested in learning more about our members or are interested in joining the CPEAR coalition, contact us.