January 15, 2021 Feature

Persistent Inequities in Cannabis Policy

By Katharine Neill Harris and William Martin

Marijuana is one of the most-used psychoactive substances in the United States, second only to alcohol in popularity. An estimated 45 percent of the adult population have now tried it in their lifetime.1 Public support for legalization has surged. A September 2019 Pew Research poll found that 91 percent of adults approve of legalizing cannabis for medical use, and 59 percent of this group say it should be legal for general adult use as well.2

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