Josh Meisel

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Areas of Expertise

cannabis policy, moral panics and cannabis, oral cannabis products, qualitative and quantitative research methods

"I have almost 10 years of research experience in the cannabis science and policy arenas. My research interests have centered on examining the intended and unintended consequences of policy shifts from prohibition to post-prohibition cannabis control contexts. This includes media representations of cannabis culture and industry, college student involvement in the cannabis economy, and current work focusing on adverse reactions to cannabis edibles and Mexican drug cartel involvement in California cannabis cultivation. My research training and experience is as a mixed methodologist. I am equally comfortable conducting open-ended in-depth interviews as I am designing and administering close-ended online surveys. Examples include semi-structured interviews with 46 users to understand their negative experiences with cannabis edibles and a subsequent population survey informed by those interviews to 500 users nationwide who had a negative experience with cannabis edibles. I also have experience using content analysis to gather and analyze 15 years of news media coverage of cannabis. "


  • Meisel, Joshua. 2019. "Negative Experiences with Cannabis Edibles: Results from a U.S. Panel Survey." International Society for the Study of Drug Policy. May 22. Paris, France.
  • Meisel, Joshua. 2018. "Cannabis Overdose Experiences as Turning Points in Drug Use Trajectories." Pacific Sociological Association. March 30. Long Beach, CA.
  • Meisel, Joshua, Sisley Sue, Fraser Jane. 2018. "'Oh my God. I am the highest I have ever been': User Experiences with Cannabis Edibles." Institute for Cannabis Research Conference. April 28. Colorado State University. Pueblo, CO.
  • Meisel, Joshua. 2018. "'My body is literally shutting down and this is my last night on earth': Drug, Set, and Setting and Bad Cannabis Edible Experiences." Pracademic Workshop on Marijuana Legalization in Canada and the United States. August 22. Quebec City, Canada.
  • Meisel, Joshua. 2017. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Cannabis Cultivation in the Emerald Triangle.” California Geographer. 57: 3-2 6. 
  • Eschker, Erick, Silvaggio, Anthony, Meisel, Joshua, Krissman, Fred. 2017. "Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment for proposed regulations on medical cannabis manufacturers." Contract with the California Department of Public Health, 2016-17. 
  • Barclay, Elaine, Josh Meisel, Walter DeKeseredy and Jim Nolan. 2016. "Teaching Rural Criminology – Topics and Issues", in The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology, edited by Joseph F. Donnermeyer. Routledge. 
  • Meisel, Joshua. 2015. Review of Boyd, Susan C. and Connie Carter. 2014. "Killer Weed: Marijuana Grow Ops, Media, and Justice." Contemporary Sociology 44: 778-780. 
  • Eschker, Erick, Meisel Joshua, Grabinski Jeff. 2014. "College Students Working in the Marijuana Industry: Brief Results." Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research. 
  • Meisel, Joshua, Eschker, Erick. 2013. "Introduction" to Special issue on Current Perspectives on Marijuana and Society. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. Issue 35: 1-4.