Assessing the Public Health Impacts of Legalizing Recreational Cannabis Use in the USA

Hall, W. and Weier, M. (2015) Assessing the Public Health Impacts of Legalizing Recreational Cannabis Use in the USA. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 97 6: 607-615. doi:10.1002/cpt.110


Author Hall, W.
Weier, M.
Title Assessing the Public Health Impacts of Legalizing Recreational Cannabis Use in the USA
Journal name Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0009-9236
1532-6535
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/cpt.110
Volume 97
Issue 6
Start page 607
End page 615
Total pages 9
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A major challenge in assessing the public health impact of legalizing cannabis use in Colorado and Washington State is the absence of any experience with legal cannabis markets. The Netherlands created a de facto legalized cannabis market for recreational use, but policy analysts disagree about how it has affected rates of cannabis use. Some US states have created de facto legal supply of cannabis for medical use. So far this policy does not appear to have increased cannabis use or cannabis-related harm. Given experience with more liberal alcohol policies, the legalization of recreational cannabis use is likely to increase use among current users. It is also likely that legalization will increase the number of new users among young adults but it remains uncertain how many may be recruited, within what time frame, among which groups within the population, and how many of these new users will become regular users.
Keyword Medical Marijuana Laws
United States
Alcohol
Legalization
Policy
Decriminalisation
Australia
Colorado
Washington
Lessons
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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