Do you grow or smoke (or otherwise consume) marijuana? Here’s your chance to be heard on the subject.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board, which is responsible for implementation of Initiative 502, which concerns the legalization of recreational cannabis, is “facilitating a request from BOTEC Analysis Corporation, our contracted marijuana consultants, seeking survey participants for two separate research projects.”
• Angela Hawken, a professor of public policy at Pepperdine University and a co-author of “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know” is studying the economics of cannabis production.
To do so, she’s collecting data from cultivators on their operating costs and has built an easily-accessible web survey on the economics of cultivation (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCH6YXK). In particular, she is looking for those cultivators with the business sense and awareness of their books to provide substantive answers. Each respondent improves Dr. Hawken’s model of the cannabis industry by providing more evidence on the actual costs of cannabis production.
(Steve Davenport, managing director for BOTEC Analysis Corp. offers the following: “The study of the economics of marijuana production is sponsored by BOTEC, not by Pepperdine University, and its results will be used exclusively within the context of BOTEC’s project with the LCB, not for generalizable research.)
• Beau Kilmer, a research with the RAND Corporation, is working to learn more about cannabis consumption throughout the state. As part of that task he’s developed a short and confidential survey (no more than 15 minutes for heavy users, less for others) which asks users about how much cannabis they use, what products they use, how much they spend, etc. The survey will be the most detailed yet on cannabis use habits, and is available at www.mjsurvey.org