Cannabis and youth protection in Colorado’s commercial adult-use market: A qualitative investigation.

Int J Drug Policy. 2019 Oct 03;74:116-126

Authors: Subritzky T, Lenton S, Pettigrew S

INTRODUCTION: Arguments both for and against the legalization of cannabis often include the issue of youth protection. At the time of writing 5-years after the implementation of the Coloradan recreational cannabis market (CRCM), no statistically significant increase in consumption had been identified. This paper aimed to provide a thick descriptive account of youth prevention objectives stipulated in the pre-implementation phase of the CRCM and compare these with the real-world experience of regulators and other stakeholders involved with market implementation.
METHODOLOGY AND METHODS: A qualitative descriptive methodology was used that involved the following methods: document analysis, deductive coding, thematic analysis, and thick description. Two data sets relevant to youth protection in the context of a legal cannabis market in Colorado were examined. Data set 1 (DS1) examined government documents (n = 13) related to the pre-implementation phase from November 2012 – December 2013. Data set 2 (DS2) consisted of semi-structured face-to-face interviews conducted with key stakeholders (n = 32) in 2016 and 2017.
RESULTS: Five themes emerged including advertising restrictions (DS1), education (DS1), appropriation of funds (DS2), impact assessment (DS2), and evolving messages in prevention education campaigns (DS2).
DISCUSSION: Multiple lessons for other jurisdictions were highlighted in the study.

PMID: 31586774 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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