Medical Marijuana Policy and Outcomes

At the 2016 Society for Prevention Research (SPR) conference held in San Francisco (May 31-June 3), I’ll be presenting and discussing the latest findings from my recent paper, “Trends in registered medical marijuana participation across 13 US states and District of Columbia“, published this February in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Since 1996, 23 states and the District of Columbia (DC) have legalized the possession, cultivation, and (in some cases) the distribution and sale of marijuana (cannabis) for medicinal purposes. Despite such a profound shift in the access and production of a drug that remains illegal at the Federal level, there has been little prior epidemiological studies comparing trends in its use over time in and across states. Without such knowledge, it will be difficult to understand the current and future demand for medical marijuana (MMJ) and how MMJ use might impact policies (e.g., voter acceptance of legalized recreational marijuana) and public health (e.g., adolescent use and the need for treatment services).

At the 2016 Society for Prevention Research (SPR) conference held in San Francisco (May 31-June 3), I’ll be presenting and discussing the latest findings from my recent paper, “Trends in registered medical marijuana participation across 13 US states and District of Columbia“, published this February in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. I’ll be joined at the ‘Medical Marijuana Policy and Outcomes’ forum by Dr. Laurie M. Jacobs who’ll present her work on “Medical Marijuana Policy and the Initiation of Marijuana Use Among Young People” and Scott Burris who’ll be talking about “Policy Surveillance Methods and Monitoring Emerging Medical Marijuana Regimes“.

I’ll be discussing trends in MMJ participation in relation to recent policy changes and differences by gender and age. If time permits, I’ll talk a little about my more recent work that examines these trends by qualifying medical condition. I hope this will be a productive and informative discussion of the issues surrounding the likely impact MMJ is to have on prevention efforts.

Medical Marijuana Policy and Outcomes
2016 Society for Prevention Research
When: Friday, June 3, 2016: 2:45 PM-4:15 PM
Where: Pacific M (Hyatt Regency San Francisco)

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