Josh Meisel


PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001

Joshua S. Meisel is a Professor of Sociology and co-founded the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Cal Poly Humboldt. His research focuses on the sources and consequences of cannabis policy. This has included examinations of visual representations of the cannabis industry, student employment in cannabis related jobs, and news media coverage of cannabis farmers.  Dr. Meisel co-edited “The Routledge Handbook of Post-Prohibition Handbook of Cannabis Research.” He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Areas of Interest: 

Critical Drug Studies, Cannabis Studies, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, Criminology, Deviance and Social Control



Recent Publications:
2023. With Amanda Reiman,Rielle Capler, and Darcey Paulding McCready. “Medical Cannabis

Identity and Public Health Paternalism.” Public Health in Practice 5:1-9.

2023. With Dominic Corva and Ara Pachmayer. “Cannabis, Communities, and Place: (Re)constructing Humboldt’s Post-Prohibition Present.” Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 45(1):152-168.

2023. With Daniel Bear. "A tale of two cannabis legalization experiments." Policy Options. October 17.

Josh Meisel
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