“[L]aws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discovers are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.”
— Thomas Jefferson, July 12, 1816

Our Mission

The Laurel Rosebud Fund is a not-for-profit corporation established, in part, to educate the public concerning the impact of controlled and regulated substance laws on the economy, public health, and the social fabric of our communities.  The Laurel Rosebud Fund encourages commonsense legislation, regulations and government programs to improve the impartiality of these laws, support families and communities, and strengthen and stimulate the economy.

The Laurel Rosebud Fund is committed to ensuring our public policy is properly balanced to promote the common good and reflect thoughtful and contemporary notions on these topics.  

At The Laurel Rosebud Fund, we are focused on achieving solutions for and on behalf of those affected by these laws, policies, and programs.  

A Few of Our Projects

Project profile:
Making laws make sense

A program designed to compile, analyze, and express our existing laws in plain language.  This educational program zeroes in on making laws easily available and ascertainable.  In this project, laws are removed from isolation and knitted together to reveal the overall arc of public policy.

Project Profile: 
The balance project

A program designed to highlight different approaches taken by policymakers and show how the balance struck by the policymakers impact the public at large.  This program reveals the costs and benefits of these decisions, including stories from those impacted by these decisions.

cannabis for the rest of us?

Much attention has been directed at the efforts of a growing number of states that made decisions to regulate the adult use of cannabis.  Outside of those states, however, the public discussion continues or is only beginning.  This project focuses on the discussion occurring in these states, the need for solutions and analysis of those offered, and the costs and opportunities of replacing an era of prohibition with an era of regulation.