Santa Monica-based think tank Rand Corp. has issued a report on how dispensary storefront signage and neighborhood density influence consumption rates and associations among the youth.

The second of these two studies looked at young adult MED card acquisitions.

  • Rand’s signage and density study surveyed 1,887 participants aged 18–22 online between 2016–17. It found living near more MED “is positively associated with more frequent use of marijuana within the past month and greater expectations of marijuana’s positive benefits.” Dispensaries “with signage show stronger associations with number of times used each day and positive expectancies.”
  • The report “Factors Associated With Acquiring a Medical Marijuana Card: A Longitudinal Examination of Young Adults in California” found that young men who reported more frequent marijuana use were at greater odds of acquiring a medical marijuana card over the study period. No findings on the wetness of water were reported.

Quick Hit

  1. In one of the week’s more compelling podcast half hours, UCSF Professor of Clinical Medicine Donald Abrams said, “Cannabis has been a medicine for 3,000 years and only hasn’t been for 77. So I think we can harken back to some of the prehistoric information that we have that suggests that cannabis was useful in a number of different conditions. And those conditions are still, I think, responsive to cannabis as a medicine.”
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