4. MedMen is a publicly-traded retailer of recreation and medicinal cannabis. Medmen operates 32 retail
dispensaries across nine states, doing business of $130 million a year. An increasingly popular method of cannabis delivery is "vaping," or inhalation of vaporized resin through battery-powered vaporizer pens and devices. Recently, reports of vape-related fatalities have been popping up across the country, to the point where it is now considered an "outbreak" by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). So far, 2,051 cases of vaping-related lung disease have been reported, leading to 39 deaths in 24 states (you can track the latest numbers at the CDC's dedicated website). The latest test results from CDC suggest that the culprit is a resin additive, vitamin E-acetate, which is toxic when vaporized and inhaled. The leading theory is that E-acetate is making its way into cartridges as a cheap thickening agent. MedMen is a retailer, not a producer of vape cartridges. It can choose which suppliers to buy from, but as cannabis is still a wide-open industry with a long history of illicit markets; combined with an international and decentralized supply chain involving thousands of growers, hundreds of aggregators and wholesalers, and an unknown number of resin processors and distributors, it is hard to reliably track the provenance of any given product, and almost impossible to know the complete contents of any vape cartridge, even with advanced (and expensive) chemical testing equipment.
Put on the shoes of Morgan Sokol, Senior VP of Governmental Affairs for MedMen. Apply the five-step Choices decision model to the situation and make a recommendation to the board on how to move forward. Be explicit with all components of each step. Cite your sources if you use outside data. I will be grading on your understanding and careful application of the model and the strength and cogency of your argument.
1. Is there an ethical issue? Why?
Is there potential harm, violation of rights, or injustice?
2. What is?
-Get the facts
- Stakeholder analysis
3. What could be
Forecast results of options - focus on likely consequences (harm, benefit)
Be aware of and seek to reduce assumptions
4. What should be
What core values are at stake?
Prioritize stakeholders and justify - focus on rights, needs, justice
Prioritize core values and justify - who do we want to be?
5. What will be?
Choose and justify
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