When some states started regulating marijuana licensure, they might not have anticipated the towering task before them. We examine some of the factors surrounding marijuana licensure that create challenges for both applicants and regulatory agencies.
Regulation

Regulatory policies are ever-evolving and differ widely from coast to coast and around the world. We keep a pulse on the active world of regulation and licensing.

The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, a Texas company sues Iowa for excessive licensing requirements for threaders, nurses face more licensing delays, and one state introduces new hospital policies to fight labor shortages.
With the pervasiveness of social engineering attacks and other cyberthreats, occupational licensing bodies must implement preventive measures to make sure sensitive information is kept safe. Here we look at some different cyberthreats as well as basic controls regulators can use to curb them.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new online magazine, Ascend. With this publication, we will explore the intersection of regulation, licensing, policy, and digital government and discuss what they mean to stakeholders: to the public, to government, and to regulators themselves. Ascend Editor Paul Leavoy explains.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, BC seeks feedback on new asbestos rules, DOT relaxes rules for bus drivers, and Canada's top Mountie violated legal obligations with slow complaint response.
It may have been the second consecutive year defined by a global pandemic, but a lot happened outside of COVID-19 in 2021. We went through the headlines of the year and distilled the news down to these five pervasive trends in regulation.
Self-regulation brings opportunities for working professionals to monitor themselves and their peers with greater ease, but it presents opportunities for abuse. Jordan Milian explores the privilege of self-regulation.
While regulators can look remarkably similar, their operational and governance structures vary widely depending on their size, culture, and legislation. We take a deep dive into how regulators are structured in terms of their day-to-day operations and governance.
Part of the licensing process in many professions, examinations are necessary applicants and licensees to obtain a professional license. But what happens when in-person examinations face a global pandemic? Well, things go remote. But are the changes here to stay?
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it imperative for regulators to handle the rapidly expanding field of telepractice. In this column, Julie de Gongre breaks down seven principles for regulators to keep in mind when regulating telepractice across jurisdictions.
All around the world, governments police who can and cannot work within a profession through official regulatory bodies with official appointees and public accountability. But what happens when professionals are left to police themselves? Jordan Milian explores.
Professor Malcolm Sparrow's thinking on preventive regulation has proved highly influential. But when it comes to translating theory to practice, sometimes regulators have a hard time applying abstract concepts. For the PSA's Douglas Bilton, an event involving his own cat in his very home helped render theory very concrete.
Florida made history when it passed the Occupational Freedom of Opportunity Act in 2020, which loosened or abolished occupational licensing requirements across 30 professions. But not everyone was pleased. We explore the main provisions of the law and the debate surrounding its passage.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, a California law to hold police more accountable passes, military spouses get more occupational licensing relief, and a Massachusetts mayor gets six years for marijuana bribes.
What can regulators do when evidence of mental illness arises in the complaint process? Because it can distort a complainant’s recollection of events, mental illness should be taken seriously by any regulator looking to establish facts in a complaint against a licensee. Here, we break down the fundamentals of dealing with mental illness in the complaint process.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. A Canadian province's health care system deals with a massive cyberattack, Vermont expands licensing portability, an investigation reveals concerning news about a group of Florida doctors, and more in this week's regulatory news.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Ontario’s financial regulator makes deal to sell core business of troubled credit union, the American Dental Association falls victim to cyberattack, and more in our Week in Brief.

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Why is regulating marijuana licensure still a struggle?

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Interstate compacts
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How do interstate compacts make licensing more efficient?

States are increasingly turning to interstate compacts as a way to help workers in licensed professions practice in multiple states while ensuring that the standards in place to protect the public are upheld. We take a look at different types of occupational licensure compacts and how they make licensing more efficient.

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