Youth protection through cannabis legalization
20.04.2023 • News
In the debate about the legalization of cannabis, aspects of youth protection also play an important role. How can we ensure that young people do not have access to cannabis and how can regulation of the market contribute to this? Worldwide, there are various studies and experiences that indicate that legalization of cannabis in conjunction with youth protection measures can have positive effects.
What we can learn from other countries
Regulation and control of the market can restrict access to cannabis for young people. If cannabis is legalized and regulated, it can be sold in certain places where it is more difficult for young people to obtain. Age restrictions can help ensure that young people do not have access to cannabis. Experiences from countries such as Uruguay, Canada, or the USA show that it is possible to reduce young people's access to cannabis through legalization.
The issue with the black market
Another argument for legalizing cannabis in connection with youth protection is weakening the illegal market. Legalization can create new and regulated markets that weaken illegal trade. A study from the USA has shown that legalization of cannabis led to a reduction in the illegal market.
Cannabis Social Clubs (CSCs) are organizations that focus on the legal provision of cannabis for their members. They argue that they represent a way to regulate and control young people's access to cannabis by having only adult members and ensuring that the cannabis they provide comes from verified and regulated cultivators.
Prevention and education
However, the legalization of cannabis is not a medical elixir in the field of youth protection. Regulation of the market must be accompanied by appropriate prevention and education measures. Young people must be informed about the risks and side effects of cannabis. The consumption of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco must also be addressed to ensure comprehensive youth protection.
In summary, it can be said that the legalization of cannabis in connection with youth protection can have positive effects. Regulation of the market can restrict young people's access to cannabis and weaken the illegal market. CSCs offer a way to regulate and control young people's access. However, legalization of cannabis must always be accompanied by appropriate prevention and education measures to ensure comprehensive youth protection.
Contributed by: Weed! Editorial Team