Strategies to Limit Negative Consequences of Cannabis Use

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Young adults browse samples at Shango Cannabis on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Portland, Oregon, October 1, 2015, photo by Steve Dipaola/Reuters

Strategies to Limit Negative Consequences of Cannabis Use

The Protective Behavioral Strategies Scale for Marijuana helps identify some practices young adults can use to help limit their use of marijuana and avoid negative consequences. Read more »

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A Supply-Side Perspective on the Opioid Crisis

Ignoring the motivation and innovation of drug suppliers led us to this point in the opioid crisis: ignoring their continuing role could be even more devastating.

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Youth Exposure to Cannabis Advertising

Following 6,500 adolescents in Southern California for seven years, this RAND study found youth exposure to medical cannabis advertising may contribute to increased use and consequences. Future work should explore the mechanisms for these associations.

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Motivational Interviewing and Substance Use Treatment in Primary Care

Training providers to strategically use motivational interviewing to reinforce change may be especially important in primary care where patients may not be specifically seeking help for opioid or alcohol use disorders.

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Strains of marijuana and their THC potency ratings are shown for sale at the Harborside Health Clinic in Oakland, California, June 30, 2010

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Should Canada "Start Low and Go Slow" When It Comes to Cannabis Potency?

If passed into law, Bill C-45 would legalize access to cannabis in Canada. In a testimony presented before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology, Senate of Canada, Beau Kilmer discussed key points policymakers should consider when debating the potency of cannabis products to be sold in legal markets.

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Beau Kilmer

Beau Kilmer

Codirector, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

Codirector, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

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