JHU researchers suggest strategies to keep legal marijuana out of hands of kids

As legal marijuana gains favor across the country, how do we make sure kids don't get their hands on it?

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health suggest looking at the alcohol and tobacco industries as guideposts.

The successes and failures of those industries in keeping their products away from children and adolescents can offer lessons for states that legalize pot, the researchers say in an article published in the journal Pediatrics titled "Policy Strategies to Reduce Youth Recreational Marijuana Use." Their commentary comes at a time when the regulatory landscape for marijuana remains something of a Wild West—though the drug is now legal for recreational use in four states and the District of Columbia, and more and more states are considering the prospect.

"The early days of marijuana legalization present a unique window of opportunity to create a regulatory environment that minimizes youth access,"...

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