A new study showing lower medical marijuana enrolment in U.S. states where recreational cannabis has been legalized could potentially have public health and policy implications, researchers caution.
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“Findings suggest that recreational cannabis legalization is associated with decreasing enrolment in medical cannabis programs, particularly for males,” notes the research paper published online this week.
To reach their conclusion, investigators out of Arizona — where both adult-use and medicinal cannabis is legal — looked at medical cannabis registry data from the almost two dozen states with mandatory registries between 2013 and 2020. They then considered if enrolment trends change depending on legalization of adult-use cannabis.
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