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Principles for a Public Health & Equity Approach to Cannabis Regulation

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Download a simplified one-page Principles for a Public Health & Equity Approach to Cannabis Regulation.

California Cannabis Markets—Why Industry-Friendly Regulation Is Not Good Public Health

JAMA Network, July 8, 2022

By Kelly C. Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH1,2; Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, PhD3,4; Lynn D. Silver, MD, MPH5

The US legal cannabis market is growing rapidly, and California is leading the way. It has the largest legal cannabis market in the world, and the industry is expected to continue expanding. For better or for worse, many states have adopted practices similar to those in California; across the US, California has become a bellwether.

Local Laws Regulating Cannabis in California Two Years Post Legalization: Assessing Incorporation of Lessons from Tobacco Control

Research Society of Marijuana, July 24, 2022 

By lisa A. Padon, Kelly C. Young-Wolff, Lyndsay A. Avalos, Lynn D. Silver, July 24, 2022 (Prevention Policy Group, Public Health Institute, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California)

In the nation’s most populous state, the legal landscape in the second year of adult-use commerce continues to largely favor economic opportunity over heeding lessons from tobacco control and other legal but harmful products to protect youth and public health.

Setting the Record Straight: Fact-Checking Claims About California’s Legal Cannabis Industry

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In the nation’s most populous state, the legal landscape in the second year of adult-use commerce continues to largely favor economic opportunity over heeding lessons from tobacco control and other legal but harmful products to protect youth and public health.

Assessment of Incorporation of Lessons From Tobacco Control in City and County Laws Regulating Legal Marijuana in California

JAMA Network, June 19, 2020

By Lynn D. Silver, MD, MPH; Amanda Z. Naprawa, JD, MPH; Alisa A. Padon, PhD

What legal limits have cities and counties adopted since California legalized marijuana use for adults, and to what extent do these legal limits incorporate public health recommendations and lessons from tobacco control? This cross-sectional study of all 539 California cities and counties found that jurisdictions differed widely in how they regulated marijuana and that key public health recommendations and lessons from tobacco control have generally not been adopted, although local innovation is emerging.

California Cannabis Tax Revenues: A Windfall for Law Enforcement or an Opportunity for Healing Communities?

April 1, 2020

By Youth Forward | Getting it Right from the Start 

Proposition 64 promised to take cannabis revenues and invest them in youth programs, substance abuse treatment, and more. This report from Youth Forward and PHI’s Getting It Right from the Start, shows cities across California are are spending cannabis revenues on city and county law enforcement.

Cannabis Products

By Getting it Right from the Start

Product diversification is a key and concerning strategy of today’s cannabis industry. From inhalables to edibles, these are some basics and examples of commonly used products.

Evaluation Checklist for Cannabis Laws and Regulations

By Getting it Right from the Start

This checklist aims to help evaluate the extent to which principles for protecting youth, public health and equity have been implemented in or addressed by state or local laws.

Important Health Warnings About Cannabis

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Every form of cannabis use can pose risks to your health, do you know what they are? Check out our Health Warnings About Cannabis flyer to learn more. The only way to avoid risks associated with cannabis use, is by choosing not to use. However, IF you choose to use, consider the safer use recommendations included with our flyer to lower the risks to your health.