Title

Long-Term Impact of Medical Marijuana Laws on the Burden of Cannabis Use Disorders in US Male and Female Adolescents and Young Adults

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2022

Journal / Book Title

Community Mental Health Journal

Abstract

Deregulation of cannabis use has raised concerns regarding its potential effects on health, particularly in adolescents and young adults. Here, we extracted data from the Global Burden of Disease database to estimate the long-term effect (> 5 years) of medical marijuana laws (MML) on 2019 cannabis use disorders Disability Adjusted Life Years (2019 CUD DALYs) in US male and female adolescents (15–19 years old) and young adults (20–24 years old). Socio-cultural, demographic and economic characteristics were used as baseline covariates. To improve the robustness of estimation, we took advantage of machine learning techniques. We found no significant effect of MML on 2019 CUD DALYS in each of our four age/sex groups. Estimates from a marginal structural model taking into account age and sex strata in the same model were also non-significant. Our findings suggest that MML may have a negligible effect (if any) on cannabis use disorders in this population group.

Published Citation

Barbalat G, Liu S. Long-Term Impact of Medical Marijuana Laws on the Burden of Cannabis Use Disorders in US Male and Female Adolescents and Young Adults. Community Mental Health Journal. 2022 Aug 29:1-9.

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