Dr. Todd Subritzky, PhD

Author, Social Scientist, Lecturer, Entrepreneur

Todd Subritzky

Dr Todd Subritzky, PhD

With an entrepreneurial background, Todd has worked in Denmark for 10 years, China for 7 years, and Australia for 10 years among other ventures. He originally hails from New Zealand.

Todd is founder and director of Kaizen Digital, a firm with expertise in digital project management, eLearning solutions, and digital strategy consultation.

He is a highly experienced digital project manager with 12 years experience and a proven track record of successful end-to-end digital project management.

Todd has overseen the end-to-end development of hundreds of Australian web and mobile projects and is proficient across the entire project development life-cycle (planning, analysis, design, implementation and support).

Todd is skilled at building and managing high performance off-shore development, design, implementation and support teams from Indonesia, China, Philippines, India, Africa, and Europe on Australian projects.

Milestone Projects

Recent milestone projects include a purpose built search engine for cannabis media, a network of over 20,000 websites, a dedicated learning management system (LMS), 4th Dimension Wellness and online training programs such as the web project management and instructional design for the Asia Pacific Medical Cannabis Course, mobile apps, eCommerce solutions such as our hemp products store and custom API integrations. Click here to view recent milestone projects

Project management philosophy

Kaizen methodology – lean operations, continuous improvement, rapid application development (RAD) and prototyping, collaboration and multi-stakeholder engagement, flexibility, process automation, quality control, and data-driven decision making.  Ability to ‘build the plane while flying it’ highly regarded.

Interested in liquid content analysis, big data insights, data visualisation, business process automation, conflict resolution, cyber security and internet anonymity, block chain technology, ICOs, efficient knowledge transfer, flexitime, behavioural psychology, growth mind sets, wellness retreats, change management, collaborative governance, negotiating consensus, business intelligence, and win-win deal-making.


Todd has been facilitating knowledge transfer for more 2 decades in both corporate and university environments. His experience includes creating, delivering, and assessing training programs for university students and IT and other business professionals in both face-to-face and online contexts.

He is currently a lecturer with La Trobe University (Sydney campus) on the Health Information Management (HIM) program where he teaches health informatics, data analytics and other evidence-based research subjects. In recent times Todd completed postgraduate courses in quantitative and qualitative health research methodologies with distinction and high distinction respectively.

Social Scientist

Fieldwork: Denver, San Francisco

Todd’s PhD thesis is a multi-source investigation of issues that arise from the implementation and evolution of the recreational cannabis market in Colorado. As the world’s first fully commercialised seed to sale legal marijuana market for adults, Colorado is an important example to begin examining early consequences of specific policy choices.

Data sources included the Colorado Official State Web Portal and other government documents such as House and Senate Bills, Governor Executive Orders, state-mandated impact and task force reports, Legislative Council records, industry notifications, and workgroup meeting minutes. Additionally, the following were examined: the Retail Marijuana Code (RMC); industry periodicals; emerging literature from noted cannabis scholars; media stories; interviews with senior regulators, industry executives and front-line public health officials; and field observations from tours of cultivation facilities, dispensaries, trade shows, and policy symposiums.

Check out a 50 minute lecture on the thesis here


In 2017 Todd was awarded the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship (formerly known as Australian Postgraduate Award or APA) and the Curtin Research Scholarship (CRS) for students with exceptional research potential. His doctoral thesis received an examiner’s commendation for outstanding work.


Todd is a member of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP)

Peer-reviewed Academic Publications in International Journals

By mid 2020 Todd’s work had been cited in the academic literature over 200 times. For latest citation information please refer to Google Scholar

Subritzky, T. (2019). A multi-source investigation of issues arising from the implementation and evolution of a commercial, non-medical cannabis market in Colorado. Doctoral thesis Curtin University, Perth, Australia.  Download in full here

Subritzky, T., Lenton, S., & Pettigrew, S. (2020). Practical lessons learned from the first years of the regulated recreational cannabis market in Colorado. In T. Decorte, S. Lenton & C. Wilkins (Eds.), Legalizing cannabis. Experiences, lessons and scenarios. London: Routledge.

Subritzky, T. (2018). Beyond deficit and harm reduction: Incorporating the spectrum of wellness as an interpretive framework for cannabis consumption. International Journal of Drug Policy, 60, pp. 18-23. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.07.013 [RJ1439]

Lenton, S. and Subritzky, T. (2017). On sentinel samples, sales data and potency. Commentary on Kilmer & Pacula: Greening the Black Market. Addiction, 112, (7), pp. 1137-1138. DOI: 10.1111/add.13756 [RJ1292]

Subritzky, T., Pettigrew, S. and Lenton, S. (2017). Into the void: regulating pesticide use in Colorado’s commercial cannabis markets. International Journal of Drug Policy, 42, pp. 86-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.01.014 [RJ1252]

Subritzky, T., Lenton, S. and Pettigrew, S. (2016). Legal cannabis industry adopting strategies of the tobacco industry. Drug and Alcohol Review, 35, (5), pp. 511-513. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12459 [RJ1240]

Subritzky, T., Pettigrew, S. and Lenton, S. (2016). Issues in the implementation and evolution of the commercial recreational marijuana market in Colorado. International Journal of Drug Policy, 27, pp. 1-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.12.001 [RJ1125]

Conference Papers and Presentations

Subritzky, T., Pettigrew, S., & Lenton, S. (2016). Testing times: issues with potency and pesticides in Colorado’s commercial recreational marijuana market – Paper presented at International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP 2016) Satellite Conference in Auckland, May 11 -12, 2016

Subritzky, T., Pettigrew, S., & Lenton, S. (2016). Smoke and mirrors: issues relating to data collection and impact assessment in Colorado’s recreational cannabis market – Paper presented at International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP 2016) Conference in Sydney, May 16 -18, 2016

Subritzky, T., Lenton, S., & Pettigrew, S. (2017). Developing regulations for pesticide usage on marijuana crops in Colorado – Paper presented at The 1st Annual Institute of Cannabis Research Conference at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado, USA, April 28-30, 2017

Subritzky, T. (2018) Cannabis and the spectrum of wellness. Presented at Hemposium Conference, Mardi Grass, Nimbin NSW May 4, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TSeT1_lbnM

Subritzky, T. (2018) The strengths and weaknesses of the Colorado cannabis legalisation scheme – presented at NDRI Annual Symposium in Melbourne, November 22, 2018 http://ndri.curtin.edu.au/news-events/ndri-events/2018-annual-symposium

Medical cannabis literature reviews

Todd has also founded the site Medical Cannabis Doctors, which advocates for better patient access to medical cannabis for patients in need in Australia and provides free medical cannabis education for health professionals. He has written a number of literature reviews relating to the medicinal cannabis which can be found here

Endocannabinoid System

What is the human endocannabinoid system & does it really have a 600 million year history?

Why isn’t the endocannabinoid system taught in medical schools?

What is the relationship between chronic disease and endocannabinoid deficiency?

Using hemp products to influence the endocannabinoid system

Cannabidiol CBD

What is Cannabidiol CBD?

Cannabidiol CBD 101

Is Cannabidiol (CBD) a Drug or a Dietary Supplement?

What is the Current Situation Regarding FDA Regulations and Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Hemp-derived cannabinoids

Hemp vs cannabis what’s the difference?

Are there any differences between cannabinoids such as CBN, CBC, and CBG?

What is Delta 9 THC?

Total THC Values & Reading Cannabis Lab Data


What US professional sports allow CBD?

Can athletes benefit from cannabidiol (CBD)?

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