Geoffrey Lawrence is the managing director of drug policy at Reason Foundation.
Lawrence is also currently the chief financial officer of Claybourne, Co., a licensed cannabis company.
Lawrence has broad experience as a financial executive in the public and private sectors and a decade as a think tank analyst. Lawrence was previously Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Players Network, Inc, the first fully reporting, publicly-traded marijuana company to be listed on a U.S. exchange. Lawrence oversaw all aspects of compliance with state and local laws and regulations for the licensed cultivation operations across two states.
Prior to that, Lawrence served as the senior appointee to the Nevada State Controller’s Office., where he oversaw external financial reporting, covering nearly $10 billion in annual transactions, on behalf of the state. During each year of Lawrence’s tenure, the state received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Government Finance Officers’ Association.
Lawrence spent a decade developing market-based solutions to challenges facing state governments while working at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and, previously, the John Locke Foundation in North Carolina. Lawrence has also written for the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation, with particular expertise in state budgets and labor economics.
Lawrence holds an M.A. in international economics from American University in Washington, D.C., an M.S. and a B.S. in accounting from Western Governors University, and a B.A. in international relations from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Three common mistakes in cannabis legalization proposals this year
More than a dozen states are currently considering legalizing medical marijuana or adult-use cannabis.
Florida bureaucrats again stymie state’s legal medical marijuana market
Florida’s politicians should stop using red tape, fees, and bureaucracy to block businesses that want to provide legally prescribed medication to patients in need.
Nikki Fried is right to sue for medical marijuana patients’ gun rights
Regulations against gun ownership for medical marijuana patients violate those patients’ Second Amendment rights.
Biden’s marijuana pardons are a good step, but descheduling marijuana would be a massive step
“Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It’s time that we right these wrongs," President Biden said.
States prepare for interstate commerce in cannabis
Congress should act swiftly to implement an orderly interstate marijuana market through a vehicle such as the States Reform Act.
State-legal cannabis businesses pay astronomically high federal taxes
The proposed States Reform Act would drastically reduce the federal tax burden facing legal cannabis companies and lay the groundwork for a stable legal marketplace.
First Circuit makes clear cannabis is subject to interstate commerce clause
State restrictions on the free movement of persons and capital, even in the cannabis industry, are unconstitutional.
Interstate trade in cannabis should begin immediately
All states with regulated cannabis markets prohibit the transfer of any cannabis inventory across state lines.
California repeals cannabis cultivation tax
California has just made tremendous progress in trying to turn around its regulated cannabis market, and more could soon be on the way.