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Pot legalization carries huge negative public health risks, new UCSF report finds

An analysis released today by UCSF researchers look at the public health effects of pot legalization in California.

They say that the public health disadvantages of legalization disproportionately outweigh advantages it might bring, including the potential in lowering crime.

Rachel Barry and Stanton Glantz, UCSF researchers and co-authors of the report, zero in on two proposed pot legalization ballot initiatives for California to look at the possible impact of each scenario. Using the tobacco industry as comparison, they found that the two ballot measures are more interested in establishing a business model that “only include minimal protections for the public that are unlikely to prevent public health harms.”

UC San Francisco's Public Health Analysis of Proposed Marijuana Legalization

Guests:

Rachel Barry, coauthor of the public health analysis released today looking at the two California upcoming ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana. She is a policy researcher at the UCSF’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

Paul Armentano, Deputy Director at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), a DC-based nonprofit that works to legalize the use of marijuana.