APIS Policy Topics

Choose a topic below to see information on a specific policy area.

Alcohol Policy Topics

Detailed State-by-State information is available for the following alcohol policy 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.

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.

NHTSA Alcohol-Highway Safety Digest Topics

This section of the APIS website provides material from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Digest of State Alcohol-Highway Safety Related Legislation.

Maps and Charts

APIS provides access to maps and charts of each policy topic, showing comparisons among states.