Impact of Cannabis Legalization on Young Adults

On July 1st, Maryland joins a number of other states where recreational use of cannabis becomes legal. The State law pertaining to cannabis use in the Maryland will be changing. Some existing medical marijuana dispensaries have received approval from the State to convert to sell marijuana recreationally beginning on Saturday. The impact of cannabis legalization on young adults in various states has been the subject of ongoing research. While the specific findings may vary depending on the state and the methodology of the studies, here are some key research findings based on research conducted by various organizations and Islamic Leadership Institute of America's Youth Crisis Line data:

Infographic courtesy of Montgomery County, Maryland

It is important to note that research on the impact of cannabis legalization on young adults is ongoing, and findings may vary across diverse demographics and localities. Additionally, the complex interplay of various factors makes it challenging to draw definitive conclusions. Further research is needed to better understand the long-term effects and potential mitigating factors associated with cannabis legalization on young adults. 

Ayman Nassar, M.Sc, PMP, ACP

Founder of Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA), and Youth Crisis Line, with over 30+ years of experience youth and leadership development and business transformation and project portfolio management. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and a second Masters degree in Engineering Management & Systems Engineer and several leadership & management certificates. As Chief, Research, Academics and Programs at Islamic Leadership Institute of America he oversees ILIA's youth development value streams and solutions provided by the organization including curriculum development, course design, delivery and programs impact.

Islamic Leadership Institute of America

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