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Research Letter
August 16, 2021

Assessment of Recreational Cannabis Dispensaries’ Compliance With Underage Access and Marketing Restrictions in California

Author Affiliations
  • 1Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • 2Sol Price School of Public Policy and Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
JAMA Pediatr. Published online August 16, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.2508

The increasing availability of cannabis to adults through legalization of recreational cannabis dispensaries (RCDs) raises concerns regarding underage access and exposure to products and marketing. The American Academy of Pediatrics “strongly recommends strict enforcement of rules and regulations that limit access, marketing, and advertising to youth.”1 Currently, all legalizing states prohibit sales to minors and require an identification (ID) check, and most ban marketing activities appealing to children.2 However, little is known about whether cannabis retailers comply. We assessed the compliance of RCDs with underage access and marketing restrictions in California.

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