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Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy
Drug Policy Alliance
Berkeley, CA

About Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW

Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW, is Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Reiman develops DPA’s marijuana reform work as it relates to litigation, legislative and initiative drafting, campaign strategy, policy advocacy, media relations, fundraising, and public education in the local, state, federal, and international jurisdictions. Dr. Reiman joined DPA in 2012 after working with Berkeley Patients Group, a medical marijuana dispensary, as director of research and patient services.

Dr. Reiman has conducted numerous studies on medical marijuana dispensaries, patients, and the use of marijuana as a treatment for addiction. She regularly presents her research at the conferences of the American Public Health Association, American Psychiatric Association, International Cannabinoid Research Society, and the Harm Reduction Coalition.

Dr. Reiman served as the first chairwoman of the Medical Cannabis Commission for the City of Berkeley, and currently serves on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission for the city of Oakland. She has consulted with various cities and states on the development of medical marijuana policy.

Originally from Chicago, Dr. Reiman earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work. Dr. Reiman earned her PhD in Social Welfare in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation, “Cannabis Care,” was the first study focusing on how medical marijuana dispensaries operate as health service providers. During her time at U.C. Berkeley, Dr. Reiman completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships with the Alcohol Research Group through the National Institute of Health, where she conducted research on drug purchasing behaviors, alcohol control policies, and medical marijuana use.
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