First Medical Marijuana Public Health Study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) granted Drexel University $3.3 million dollars to complete a five-year study on the effects of medical marijuana on young adults, ages 18 to 26. The study, led by Dr. Stephen Lankenau, an associate professor at Drexel’s School of Public Health, is called, “Medical Marijuana, Emerging Adults & Community: Connecting Health and Policy.” Dr. Lankenau seeks to determine the impact of medical marijuana dispensaries on the health of young adult patients. The study aims to discern whether and how marijuana operates as a “gateway” to other drugs; the influence of medical marijuana on young non-medical users; and what role the criminal justice system plays with regard to medical marijuana policy.

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