We are delighted to announce that Center members David Timberlake and Cornelia Pechmann along with Tim Bruckner have received a $1,351,556 grant from the Bureau of Cannabis Control for their project titled ‘Exploring Cannabis Policies and Practices That Influence Adolescent Use: Evolution of Local Cannabis Law, Products, Sales, and Marketing’.
This study will bring together four approaches to clarify how cannabis policy may be influencing adolescent use. First, it will leverage the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) unique Cannabis Local Laws Database (CLLD) of laws across all 539 California jurisdictions to assess progress in local cannabis legalization. Next, it will use data from the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) from the years 2016/17 to 2020/21 to examine how variations in local laws are associated with trends in adolescent cannabis and other drug use. Third, it will study how cannabis market sales, and specifically products that appeal to youth, have evolved from 2017 to 2021. Finally, it will examine to what extent current law effectively precludes underage access to websites that directly market cannabis.