SAM Center for Marijuana Resources
Resource Center for Public Health and Public Safety Clinicians and Practitioners Includes Library and Search Tool
Since legalization has been passed in several states, and marijuana normalization has increased, clinicians and practitioners have been faced with numerous challenges.
This Resource Center provides clinicians and practitioners in all fields of public health and safety the ability to look up academic references and media articles to find information on a range of issues. The Resource Library, immediately below, has the latest PowerPoints and videos from clinicians and scientists on a range of subjects. The Resource Tool is a continually-updated search engine for articles related to various topics, including:
- Preventing distribution of marijuana to minors
- Preventing marijuana revenue from funding criminal enterprises, gangs or cartels
- Preventing marijuana from moving out of states where it is legal
- Preventing use of state-legal marijuana sales as a cover for illegal activity
- Preventing violence and use of firearms in growing or distributing marijuana
- Preventing drugged driving or exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use
- Preventing growing marijuana on public lands
- Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property
The 2013 Cole Memorandum, now repealed, listed these eight considerations for law enforcement intervention. Though these eight priorities were rarely referred to since the release of the Memorandum, they still provide a guide to several consequences resulting from expanded marijuana use.
Unfortunately, since Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the recreational sale of marijuana in 2012, evidence has emerged that regulations intended to control the sale and use of marijuana have failed to meet the promises made by advocates for legalization. For example, states with legal marijuana are seeing an increase in drugged driving crashes and youth marijuana use. States that have legalized marijuana are also failing to shore up state budget shortfalls with marijuana taxes, continuing to see a thriving illegal black market, and are experiencing unabated sales of alcohol, despite campaign promises from advocates promising that marijuana would be used as a “safer” alternative instead.
Marijuana Resource Library
National Families in Action sponsored a conference in Atlanta that brought top experts together with policymakers to educate them about the harmful effects of marijuana. Funded by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the conference was keynoted by former President Jimmy Carter. The following five presentations were among several given:
Five of these presentations can be viewed as videos on National Families in Action’s website here.
Marijuana Resource Tool
SAM has complied a long list of academic articles and reports.
Simply check the policy priority of interest in the sidebar to your right, and the table below will show you all relevant reports. You may also select multiple priorities — in that case, the table will return only those results that are relevant to BOTH categories.