- Rachel Barry
- Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9DL
Understanding marijuana policy change in Uruguay: Towards policy coherence to regulate health-impacting commodities?
Marijuana policy debates and change (including how frames, beliefs, institutions and their interactions shape decisions and non-decisions in policymaking); horizontal coherence and approaches to health-impacting commodity markets (tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, pharmaceuticals); the politics of lesson drawing in uncertain policy environments; vertical and hegemonic coherence (including how the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and international financial institutions shape domestic policy decisions in drug governance).
My project aims to understand the development of Uruguay’s 2013 Law No. 19.172 or the Regulation of the Marijuana Market Act, analysing how different actors, ideas/evidence and institutions informed this process. I explore the potential implications for how different actors perceived Uruguay’s commitment to policy coherence as a national strategy for noncommunicable disease prevention in shaping this process.
Jeff Collin and Katherine Smith
MA Political Science, San Diego State University, USA, 2013
BA with Dual Discipline in International Relations and Spanish Language and Literature, California State University, Sacramento, USA, 2007
International Relations, Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina, 2009-2010
Awards and Scholarships
School of Social and Political Science Graduate School Studentship, University of Edinburgh (2016-present)
Graduate Equity Fellowship, San Diego State University (2011-2013)
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2009-2010)
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Barry, RA. Unpacking the Socioeconomic Dynamics of Marijuana Policy Change: Why Does It Matter? JAH. 65, no. 1. July 1, 2019: pp. 5-6.
Barry, RA., Glantz, SA, Marijuana Regulatory Frameworks in Four US States: An Analysis Against a Public Health Standard, AJPH. 108, no. 7. July 1, 2018: pp. 914-923.
Popova, L. McDonald, E., Sidhu, S., Barry, RA., Richers T., Sheon, N., Ling, P., Dimensions of perceived harm of tobacco, marijuana, and electronic vaporizers among young adults in Colorado: A qualitative study. Addiction. doi: 10.1111/add.13854.
Cox, E., Barry, RA., Glantz, SA. E-Cigarette Policymaking by Local and State Governments (2009-2014). Milbank Quarterly. Volume 94, Issue 3 (pages 520–596). doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12212.
Barry RA, Glantz S. A Public Health Framework for Legalized Retail Marijuana Based on the US Experience: Avoiding a New Tobacco Industry. PLoS Med. 2016;13(9):e1002131.
Barry, RA., Hiilamo, H., and Glantz, SA. (2014), Waiting for the Opportune Moment: The Tobacco Industry and Marijuana Legalization. Milbank Quarterly, 92: 207–242. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12055.
Barry, RA., Glantz, SA. A Public Health Analysis of the Proposed Marijuana Legalization Initiatives for the California 2016 Ballot: Creating the New Tobacco Industry? San Francisco, CA: Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education; 2015.
Cox E., Barry, RA., Barnes, R., Glantz, SA. Tobacco Control in California, 2007-2014: A Resurgent Tobacco Industry While Inflation Erodes the California Tobacco Control Program. San Francisco, CA: Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. October 23, 2014.
Conferences Papers and Presentations
Barry, RA. Comparison of Regulatory Frameworks for Retail Marijuana to within a Public Health Framework: Evidence from Uruguay and the United States. Oral presentation for the 2017 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Conference. Florence, Italy. March 2017.
Glantz, SA., Barry, RA. Current Trends in Marijuana Legalization: Prioritizing Business over Public Health. Oral presentation for the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO, USA: October 2016.
Barry, RA. Regulating Retail Marijuana: Lessons Learned from Tobacco Control. Oral presentation for the 2016 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Conference. Chicago: March 3, 2016.
Barry, RA. Uang, Randy. Defending Public Health from Tobacco: How Far We’ve Come and Where We Can Go. Keynote presentation for University of Chicago MidAmerca Center for Public Health Practice Change Institute. Chicago, IL, USA: May 13-14, 2015. Available online at: http://www.midamericacphp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Defending-Public-Health_Randy- Uang-and-Rachel-Barry.pdf
Barry, RA. Waiting for the Opportune Moment: Tobacco Industry and Marijuana Legalization. Oral presentation for University of Chicago Mid America Center for Public Health Practice Change Institute. Chicago, IL, USA: May 13-14, 2015. Available online at: http://www.midamericacphp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Waiting-for-the- Opportune_Rachel-Barry.pdf
Recent Blog Posts
Rachel Barry on Proposition 64. 10 October 2016. Available at: https://newrevenue.org/2016/10/10/4957/
The Irony of Trump's Tea Party Following. Politikal Skeptik Blog. 8 May 2016. Available at: https://politikskeptik.wordpress.com/author/romanvera21/
Marijuana legalization initiative in California receives a leg up from venture capitalists. Politikal Skeptik Blog. 1 May 2016. Available at: https://politikskeptik.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/marijuana-legalization-initiative-in-california-receives-a-leg-up-from-venture-capitalists/
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Vague Response to UCSF Public Health Analysis of Marijuana Legalization Initiatives. Politikal Skeptik Blog. 14 February 2016. Available at: https://politikskeptik.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/lt-governor-gavin-newsoms-vague-response-to-ucsf-public-health-analysis-of-marijuana-legalization-initiatives/
Public Health Analysis of Marijuana Legalization Initiatives. Politikal Skeptik Blog. 13 February 2016. Available at: https://politikskeptik.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/public-health-analysis-of-marijuana-legalization-initiatives/
Policy Analyst for the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco (2013-2016)
Research Assistant for the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco (2015-present)
Research Assistant for Department of Political Science, San Diego State University (2011-2013)
Introduction to U.S. and California Government and Politics, Undergraduate Course, Department of Political Science, San Diego State University (2012-2013)
Consultant, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat, Health Canada (2016)
Consultant, Loop Health Equity Program, California Tobacco Control Program (2016-present)
Member, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and American Civil Liberties Union Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, Regulatory and Tax Structure Group (2014-2016)
Affiliations and Community Engagement
Member, Group on Research for Inequalities and Tobacco (GRIT), University of Edinburgh (2016-present)
Member, Health Policy Research Group, University of Edinburgh (2016-present)
Member, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Global Health Network (2015-present)
Media Appearances and Interviews
Print/Internet: Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Time Magazine, USA Today, Bloomberg, Mint Press, Vice News, News21, Discover Magazine, Healthline, Sacramento Bee, SF Weekly, East Bay Express, Center for New Revenue
Portuguese (read and write)