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New Report Says California Cannabis Regulations Don’t Protect Kids

A PHI study comparing cannabis regulations in California and to regulations the state has put in place to prevent youth tobacco use found that many of the tactics undertaken to discourage kids from smoking were not applied to the cannabis industry. The study in JAMA Network Open shows that local regulations throughout the state don’t do enough to make cannabis less attractive to teens.

  • Politico

California’s regulations don’t do enough to make cannabis products less attractive to teens or to discourage them from use, according to a study by PHI researchers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open.

The PHI study compared cannabis regulations in California to regulations the state has put in place to prevent youth tobacco use. The researchers found that many of the tactics undertaken to discourage kids from smoking were not applied to the cannabis industry, concluding that local regulations throughout the state are not doing enough to make cannabis less attractive to teens.

"If we're not more careful in how we regulate legal marijuana, we will have a new tobacco-like industry hooking and harming kids with flavored products, ultra-potent pot and aggressive marketing for generations." Dr. Lynn Silver, senior adviser at PHI and lead author of the JAMA Network Open study.

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Originally published by Politico


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