Brad Rowe

Brad Rowe

Lecturer of Public Policy


Master in Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. in Economics, University of Wisconsin

Areas of Interest:

Cannabis and other drug policy, Community Empowerment, Youth Violence Reduction


(213) 500-8170



Brad has designed, researched, run and delivered a dozen public policy research projects over the last six years through his time running BOTEC Analysis, with UCLA, and with Avenu Cannabis Support Services. Brad is Adjunct Professor of criminal justice, cannabis and other drug policy at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy and Lecturer of Public Policy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative and coordinates the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Research team there. He sits on the Board of Advisors to the Los Angeles County Health Impact assessment on cannabis. He spent much of 2018 working with over a dozen localities across California helping them set their regulations, staff out municipal departments, develop effective tax and enforcement policies, select and award licensees, and convene community groups for educational sessions on licensing, use, and general public health and public safety education. He has reviewed state and federal cannabis legislation and regulations for municipal and state organizations. He has organized multiple community trainings and webinars on California cannabis policy post Prop 64 and contributed to the public discourse through the press. He served as an expert for the Arizona State University Citizen Initiative Review during their consideration of the impacts of legalization of cannabis. He was one of the leaders in the convening and program design effort to bring together the world’s top cannabis science and policy academics and practitioners for the 2016 Cannabis Science and Policy Summit – recruiting and moderating panels on federalism and cannabis policy, Mexican drug wars, and medical cannabis research. He oversaw the evaluation of medical cannabis and hemp policy for Jamaica as well as the market measurement of the medical, adult use, and illicit cannabis markets for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board in 2015. His recent contributions include working with academics and scientists to develop a cannabis research agenda for the state of California, serving as a panelist to address progressive policy trends and project work such as survey and study design for profiling the cannabis market and its users throughout Canada. Brad has worked with and advised attorneys general, commissioners of probation, police departments, state and national legislators, councilmen, regulators, treatment associations and tech companies on issues of drug abuse control, public safety, public health, criminal justice reform, and equity.

Publications (articles in bold have been peer reviewed)

Heussler, L., Jones, T., Rowe, B., Ziskind, J., Hayward, M., Noblet, R., Rejon, F. (2016) Gang Violence Assessment: Hinds County, Mississippi. For Office of the Attorney General State of Mississippi.

Smart, R., Rowe, B., Hawken, A., Kleiman, M., Mladenovic, N., Gehred, P., & Manning, C. (2015). Faster and Cheaper: How Ride-Sourcing Fills a Gap in Low-Income Los Angeles Neighborhoods. BOTEC Analysis Corporation. For Uber Technologies.

Donnelly, P. D., & Ward, C. L. (Eds.). (2015). Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence, and Policy. Oxford University Press, USA.

Kleiman, M. A., Caulkins, J. P., Jacobson, T., & Rowe, B. (2015). Violence and drug control policy. Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence, and Policy, 297. For Oxford Publishing.

Heussler, L., Rowe, B. (2015) New York City Pilot Transportation Study: A Comparison of UberWAV and Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis. For Uber Technologies.

Mayper, S., Rowe, B., Ziskind, J., Gehred, P. & Marshall, A. (2015) Capitol City Crime Prevention Study: School Discipline and Youth Violence Reduction in Jackson. For the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Mississippi. For Office of the Attorney General State of Mississippi.

Kleiman, Mark A.R., Davenport, S., Rowe, B., Ziskind, J., Mladenovic, N., Manning, C., Jones, T. (2015) Estimating the Size of the Medical Cannabis Market in Washington State. For Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Gehred, P., Hampsher, S., Kleiman, M., Manning, C., Mladenovic, N., Rowe, B., (2015) New York City Pilot Transportation Study Summary. For Uber Technologies.


Kleiman, Mark A.R., Midgette, G., Rowe, B. (2014) Violent Criminal History as a Predictor of DUI and Bodily Injury. For Los Angeles Police Department Foundation.

Chi, J., Hayatdavoudi, L., Kruszona, S., Rowe, B., & Kleiman, M. A. (2013). Reducing drug violence in Mexico: Options for implementing targeted enforcement. For U.S. Department of Justice.