According to a study, young adults who live in neighborhoods that have a higher number of medical marijuana dispensaries are more likely to use marijuana frequently compared to their peers.
The study, released by the Rand Corp, also finds that these young adults have more positive views on marijuana.
Rand found that young adults who lived near dispensaries that had storefront signs were the ones to show the strongest results.
“Our findings suggest that as the marijuana retail outlets become more visible and more numerous, they may influence the way that young adults perceive and use marijuana,” said Regina Shih, the study’s lead author. Shih is also a behavioral scientist at the nonprofit research organization.
They analyzed survey results from 1,887 people aged 18 to 22 who live in Los Angeles County and have been long-term participants in an ongoing Rand project that examined multiple factors about the use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.