Online Program

Evolving marijuana policy and implications for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use

Monday, November 2, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
As the number of states that have passed laws to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana use has increased, surveys, analytical models, and policy developments are emerging to measure the impact on population-level alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. This session will explore and present techniques, models, and lessons learned on a range of topics including: the assessment of the association between state across medical marijuana laws, marijuana use, and opioid use; the effect of medical marijuana laws on cigarette smoking; and policy analysis of effective strategies to reduce youth access, use and exposure to marijuana, alcohol and tobacco. Public awareness methods are among the strategies being presented and implemented.
Session Objectives: Assess the association between state level medical marijuana laws, marijuana use, and opioid consumption Compare the effect of medical marijuana laws on cigarette use across various sub-groups of the population (i.e. by age, sex, race/ethnicity). Identify the process used in Colorado to educate residents and visitors on safe, legal, and responsible retail marijuana use. Describe the policy lessons learned from alcohol and tobacco that were applied to retail recreational marijuana legislation and regulation at the state level in Colorado.

Medical Marijuana Laws, Marijuana Use, and Annual Opioid Analgesic Sales in the United States   
June H. Kim, M.H.S., Julian Santaella, Magdalena Cerda, PhD, Christine Mauro, PhD and Silvia S. Martins, MD, PhD

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Organized by: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Endorsed by: Aging & Public Health, Law, Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Black Caucus of Health Workers, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)