Welcome to the Alcohol Policy Information System

The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) provides detailed information on a wide variety of Alcohol-Related Policies in the United States at both State and Federal levels, as well as policy information regarding the Recreational Use of Cannabis. The information and resources available on this site are geared toward alcohol and cannabis policy researchers and others interested in alcohol and cannabis policy issues.

Underage Drinking

APIS provides convenient access to policy topics that pertain to underage drinking, in order to encourage research, evaluation, and outreach efforts in this important area.

What's New

December 20, 2018 - A new policy topic addressing recreational cannabis use was added to the website. See Recreational Use of Cannabis: Volume 2. In addition, the policy information appearing on the site was updated to include legislative and regulatory changes that took effect on or before 1/1/2018, and supplemental resources were added or revised.

For a full list of changes since the launch of the site on June 23, 2003, see the website Change Log.

Alcohol Policy Topics

Detailed State-by-State information is available for the following alcohol policy topics, or you may browse all topics.

Cannabis Policy Topics

Detailed State-by-State information is available on the Recreational Use of Cannabis.

The policy variables addressed in Recreational Use of Cannabis: Volume 1 include:

  • Legalization of recreational use;
  • State agency(ies) with authority to regulate recreational use;
  • Products permitted;
  • Cultivation restrictions;
  • Jurisdictions providing for retail sales for on or off-premises use;
  • Jurisdictions with pricing controls;
  • Tax rates;
  • Prohibitions on underage purchase, possession, consumption, and furnishing;
  • Prohibitions on impaired driving; and
  • The extent of local authority.

The policy variables addressed in Recreational Use of Cannabis: Volume 2 include:

  • Legalization of recreational use;
  • Prohibition of “vertical integration”;
  • Entities that make up the cannabis distribution system;
  • Requirements for a seed-to-sale or inventory tracking system;
  • Restrictions on the use of pesticides, and testing for the presence of pesticides;
  • Health and/or safety-related warning requirements on labels or packaging;
  • Requirements applicable to the physical packaging of recreational cannabis products;
  • Restrictions on the advertising of recreational cannabis products;
  • Restrictions on public consumption of cannabis;
  • Provisions governing home delivery of cannabis; and
  • Restrictions on open containers of cannabis in the passenger compartments of motor vehicles.

In addition, APIS has developed the Cannabis Policy Taxonomy (CPT), an inventory and taxonomy of cannabis policies.

Recently Adopted

Information is available on States that have recently adopted laws legalizing the recreational use of cannabis since the most recent update of this website.