The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) is a statewide not for profit organization that mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to promote prevention and improve public health systems to maximize health, health equity and quality of life for the people of Illinois.  For nearly twenty years, IPHI has focused on aligning action across sectors like education, economic development, public health, health care, transportation, housing and the food system to address social determinants of health and promote health equity. 

IPHA and IPHI is/are excited to share with you a new policy document: Protecting Public Health and Promoting Equity in Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization in Illinois. This policy brief was created in collaboration with and input from organizational partners and community stakeholders over several months during 2018. The brief and its recommendations are endorsed by the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, the Illinois Public Health Association, and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, among others (list in formation).

The goal of the policy brief is to provide a public health perspective in the ongoing conversations on the legalization of recreational adult-use marijuana.  The document makes targeted recommendations for consideration that include public education, marketing and retailing regulation, and allocation of revenue with funds generated through legalization, and more.  We believe this policy brief fills a gap in the broader policy discussions around legalization and offers important and timely considerations.