A public health framework for legalized retail marijuana based on the US experience: Avoiding a new tobacco industry

Rachel Barry, Stan Glantz

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Abstract

Summary Points
The US states that have legalized retail marijuana are using US alcohol policies as a model for regulating retail marijuana, which prioritizes business interests over public health.
The history of major multinational corporations using aggressive marketing strategies to increase and sustain tobacco and alcohol use illustrates the risks of corporate domination of a legalized marijuana market.
To protect public health, marijuana should be treated like tobacco, not as the US treats alcohol: legal but subject to a robust demand reduction program modeled on successful evidence-based tobacco control programs.
Because marijuana is illegal in most places, jurisdictions worldwide (including other US states) considering legalization can learn from the US experience to shape regulations that prioritize public health over profits.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1002131
JournalPLoS Medicine
Volume13
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • cannabis
  • cannabis legalization
  • public health
  • lesson learning
  • tobacco control

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