Volteface are delighted to announce the UK launch of the Green Screen report by author Mike Power (Drugs 2.0).

The Green Screen – a new policy report that outlines the benefits of an online regulated market for legal cannabis.

Just as streaming services such as Spotify have hugely diminished music piracy, an online-only, legal cannabis market in the UK could disrupt the illicit black market. One of the biggest publicly traded cannabis companies, Online Canopy Growth, is already launching a similar service in Canada called Tweed Main Street, in the wake of groundbreaking cannabis legislation being debated in the Canadian parliament.

A controlled and regulated online cannabis market is both essential and long overdue in order to protect users from the risks of the illicit market; to limit access to younger users; to offer safer products and increase consumer choice; to develop less harmful products and safer routes of administration; and to control and restrict marketing and advertising.

We believe that, in common with many digital disruptors, the current, so-called ‘dark web model’ of online cannabis sales and delivery offers a precursor to what we believe will be the final, preferred model: regulated digital marketplaces for cannabis sales, using standard delivery mechanisms to answer market needs.

The Green Screen provides practical, workable suggestions for the legal online supply of cannabis in what we consider to be the inevitable event of cannabis law reform in the UK and similar countries. The report is written by journalist, author and online drug market expert Mike Power, who is also the author of Drugs 2.0: The Web Revolution That’s Changing How the World Gets High and winner of the 2014 British Science Writers Association’s prize for best investigative journalism.

Read the full report here.

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