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Shifting cannabis policies and the health of Black and Latinx youth and young adults in the United States: A mixed methods analysis

October 5, 11:40 am12:30 pm PDT

Cannabis policies have changed rapidly in the past decade: 36 US states have legalized cannabis for medical use and 19 states have legalized it recreational use. While research has examined the impact of these policy shifts on cannabis use overall, less work has explored how they affect the daily lives of Black and Latinx young people who are disproportionately targeted by cannabis-related stops and arrests. This mixed methods talk will first present quantitative findings to show how changing cannabis policies affect cannabis use outcomes among Black and Latinx individuals across all 50 states from 2008-2017. It will then use data from in-depth interviews with 30 Black and Latinx young adults in New York City, and 38 key stakeholders across the US, to demonstrate how the impacts of these policies extend beyond cannabis use outcomes and affect daily life for youth and young adults.

Dr. Morgan Philbin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is a social and behavioral scientist whose mixed methods scholarship bridges the fields of health policy, social determinants, gender and sexuality studies, and critical global health. Her research explores how individual social policies, and the policy climate as a whole, drive health disparities with a focus on racial/ethnic and sexual minority young people. Her primary research project is a NIDA-funded K01 that explores how state and local policies structure sexual health and substance use related risk behaviors among Black and LatinX young people. Her work also examines how policies and clinical practices affect the ways biomedical HIV technologies are taken up among minoritized populations, with a focus on long-acting injectable ART and PrEP. Dr. Philbin has conducted this policy-focused research in the United States, China and Mexico. She was recently awarded the 2021 NIH Office of Disease Prevention Early-Stage Investigator Lecture Award.

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October 5
11:40 am – 12:30 pm PDT
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