PISCATAWAY, N.J., April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Adolescents who frequently see billboard or storefront advertisements for recreational cannabis are more likely to use the drug weekly and to have symptoms of a cannabis use disorder, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Despite use being illegal for those below age 21 even in states that have approved recreational marijuana, “legalization may alter the ways that youth use cannabis,“ write the study authors, led by Pamela J. Trangenstein, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Cannabis billboard Seattle 2016 (credit: adrienblanc, via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)
An increasing number of states have legalizedrecreational marijuana, and public concern over the risks of cannabis use has declined in recent years, Trangenstein and colleagues note. However, research continues to find cannabis use associated with negative outcomes, including neuropsychiatric conditions, automobile crashes and substance use disorders.