Do Medical Marijuana Laws Harm Youth and Young Adults?

Colloquium | April 10 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Joanne Spetz, PhD, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, Institute for Health Policy Studies

 Public Health, School of

Medical marijuana laws have been enacted in more than half of U.S. states, and studies have found that they increase the use of illicit marijuana among adults but reduce traffic fatality rates, suggesting there may be both positive and negative consequences. Using repeated-cross section data from the restricted-use version of the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, we delve more deeply into the question of whether medical marijuana laws impact youth and young adult use of marijuana and other substances. We also examine whether these effects vary with the characteristics of medical marijuana laws, which vary widely across states.
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