Todd Subritzky

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Todd's PhD thesis is a multi-source investigation of issues that arise from the implementation and evolution of the recreational cannabis market in Colorado. As the world's first fully commercialised seed to sale legal marijuana market for adults, Colorado is an important example to begin examining early consequences of specific policy choices.

Todd completed his BSc (hons) in Sociology while living in Copenhagen, Denmark. With a background in business, he has worked in Denmark for 10 years, China for 7 years and Australia for 8 years among other ventures.

In 2017 Todd was awarded the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship (formerly known as Australian Postgraduate Award or APA) and the Curtin Research Scholarship (CRS) for students with exceptional research potential.

In recent times Todd completed postgraduate courses in quantitative and qualitative health research methodologies with distinction and high distinction respectively.

He is also a lecturer with La Trobe University (Sydney campus) on the Health Information Management (HIM) program where he teaches data analytics in health care and other evidence-based research subjects.

Declaration: Todd runs website www.marijuanasurveys.org that offers research and analysis of legal cannabis markets in North America and also founded www.medicalcannabisdoctors.com.au - a non-profit site that aims to connect medical cannabis patients and doctors in Australia.

Conference Papers and Presentations

Subritzky, T., Pettigrew, S., & Lenton, S. (2016). Testing times: issues with potency and pesticides in Colorado’s commercial recreational marijuana market - Paper presented at International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP 2016) Satellite Conference in Auckland, May 11 -12, 2016

Subritzky, T., Pettigrew, S., & Lenton, S. (2016). Smoke and mirrors: issues relating to data collection and impact assessment in Colorado’s recreational cannabis market - Paper presented at International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP 2016) Conference in Sydney, May 16 -18, 2016

Subritzky, T., Lenton, S., & Pettigrew, S. (2017). Developing regulations for pesticide usage on marijuana crops in Colorado – Paper presented at The 1st Annual Institute of Cannabis Research Conference at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado, USA, April 28-30, 2017

Subritzky, T. (2018) Cannabis and the spectrum of wellness. Presented at Hemposium Conference, Mardi Grass, NSW May 4, 2018

Subritzky, T. (2018) The strengths and weaknesses of the Colorado cannabis legalisation scheme – presented at NDRI Annual Symposium in Melbourne, November 22, 2018 http://ndri.curtin.edu.au/news-events/ndri-events/2018-annual-symposium

  • BSc (Hons) Sociology, Open University
  • Regulatory models of legal recreational cannabis markets
  • Cannabis policy and public health outcomes
  • Tension between public health and profit
  • Data collection and impact assessment architecture
  • Cultivation standards and testing regulations

Subritzky, T., Lenton, S. and Pettigrew, S. Practical lessons learned from the first years of the regulated recreational cannabis market in Colorado. In Decorte, T., Lenton, S. and Wilkins, C. (eds.) Legalizing cannabis: Experiences, lessons and scenarios. Routledge, London. [In Press] [CH219] Abstract

Subritzky, T., Lenton, S. and Pettigrew, S. (2019). Cannabis and youth protection in Colorado's commercial adult-use market: A qualitative investigation. International Journal of Drug Policy, 74, pp. 116-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.09.007 [RJ1487] View web page

Subritzky, T. (2018). Beyond deficit and harm reduction: Incorporating the spectrum of wellness as an interpretive framework for cannabis consumption. International Journal of Drug Policy, 60, pp. 18-23. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.07.013 [RJ1439] View web page

Lenton, S. and Subritzky, T. (2017). On sentinel samples, sales data and potency. Commentary on Kilmer & Pacula: Greening the Black Market. Addiction, 112, (7), pp. 1137-1138. DOI: 10.1111/add.13756 [RJ1292] View web page

Subritzky, T., Pettigrew, S. and Lenton, S. (2017). Into the void: regulating pesticide use in Colorado’s commercial cannabis markets. International Journal of Drug Policy, 42, pp. 86-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.01.014 [RJ1252] View web page

Subritzky, T., Lenton, S. and Pettigrew, S. (2016). Legal cannabis industry adopting strategies of the tobacco industry. Drug and Alcohol Review, 35, (5), pp. 511-513. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12459 [RJ1240] View web page

Subritzky, T., Pettigrew, S. and Lenton, S. (2016). Issues in the implementation and evolution of the commercial recreational marijuana market in Colorado. International Journal of Drug Policy, 27, pp. 1-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.12.001 [RJ1125] View web page

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