Study: Young Adults Living Near Dispensaries With Ads Consume More Cannabis

A new report from RAND says young adults who live near dispensaries use marijuana more than their peers and have a more positive view of the drug.

According to the research led by Regina Shih, director of RAND’s Social and Behavioral Policy Program, and a senior behavioral and social scientist at the corporation, people aged 18 to 22 were most likely to consume cannabis if they lived near dispensaries that also had storefront signs.

The authors suggested that their results showed that governments could regulate that kind of dispensary signage as one strategy for dropping marijuana use rates in the young adult demographic.

This research is the first to show that storefront marijuana signage is a major factor in the associations between the higher density of dispensaries, greater use

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