Rutgers University publishes research study into the role that cannabis usage plays in guiding state policy

Rutgers University publishes research study into the role that cannabis usage plays in guiding state policy
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Rutgers University’s New Jersey State Policy Lab has published a unique report covering cannabis usage. Specifically, the report explores factors that influence the plant’s usage, including law enforcement, education and health. “This report is critical to New Jersey setting a model similar to other states in recognizing that all people in the state are not the same, and by legalizing cannabis, its impact on different communities is going to vary,” said the study’s lead investigator and dean of Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration, Charles Menifield. Menifield intends on using the study’s findings as a baseline measure to assess the repercussions of cannabis legalization and pinpoint any differences among various communities.  “This is literally a baseline report of what we should be looking at and where we are now,’” said Menifield, whose team hopes that the data will mold state policy as time progresses. About Rutgers’ study on cannabis usage and state policy An affluence of secondary data is compiled into the new research study by Rutgers University. The data was collected as a means of clearly illustrating present-day cannabis consumption rates and law-enforcement measures disaggregated by age, ethnicity and gender. The report also covers youth attitudes on cannabis, in addition to behavioral and medical health factors that could be affected by cannabis legalization, such as registrations at treatment centers for cannabis addiction and suicide rates. Menifield believes that the state is lacking in terms of providing in-depth reporting into social justice; particularly so in regards to providing accurate law enforcement metrics.  Specifically, he wants to see data that monitors people through different criminal justice process stages. He also wants the findings to be segmented by age, gender, ethnicity and county.   The study’s findings Racial disparity appears to be a lingering problem within the legal system. Factually, as…

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