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Planting the Seed for Marijuana Use:
Changes in Exposure to Medical Marijuana Advertising and Subsequent Adolescent Marijuana Use, Cognitions, and Consequences Over Seven Years
Adolescents who view more advertising for medical marijuana are more likely to use the drug, have positive expectations about it, and suffer negative consequences from its use.
Researchers at RAND interviewed 6,509 Southern California adolescents from 2010 to 2017. The teens were in middle school when the study began and moved onto high school as the study progressed.
In 2010, 25 percent of the teens had seen at least one marijuana ad in the past three months. By 2017, that number had increased to 70 percent. Young people who reported more exposure to medical marijuana ads were more likely to report using marijuana in the past month and experiencing such negative consequences as “missing school, having trouble concentrating on tasks, doing something they felt sorry for later, or having gotten into trouble at school or at home.”
The researchers say these findings suggest we must regulate marijuana advertising in the same way we regulate tobacco and alcohol advertising to reduce the number of adolescents who become marijuana users.
Read RAND study announcement here. Read study abstract here.

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Anyone Doubt This Online Ad is
Aimed at Colorado Kids?
Here is the copy for this ad in Westword’s online Marijuana Newsletter:
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See ad here.

3 Killed, Including 2 Kids, in 5 Vehicle Crash
on I-880 in Fremont, California
A horrific crash on I-880 in the California Bay Area was reportedly caused by a driver who was speeding, driving erratically, and suspected of being high on marijuana. The driver was arrested and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, a weapons charge, and counts for DUI and causing bodily injury. Two children and an adult woman were killed; 5 more were injured.
A local newspaper followed up with an account of the number of marijuana-related traffic problems that have taken place in the nine-county Bay Area:

DUI marijuana arrests--197                  
DUI marijuana/alcohol arrests--183
Marijuana/alcohol collisions/injuries--24
Marijuana/alcohol collisions/fatalities--7

January-mid-April 2018
DUI marijuana arrests--87
DUI marijuana/alcohol arrests--60
Marijuana/alcohol collisions/injuries--4
Marijuana/alcohol collisions/fatalities--1

This year the California Highway Patrol started tracking people pulled over for erratic driving where marijuana was detected (i.e. drug paraphernalia or a stoned passenger) but no arrests were made. That number through April stands at 3,754.
The newspaper also examines marijuana-related fatalities in other states.
Click photo above or here to see video coverage of the I-880 crash.
Read The Mercury News follow-up account here.

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