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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue
Cannabis Legalization Policy and Adolescents

Guest Editor: Joel Grube, PhD

​As an increasing number of states in the United States and countries throughout the world have established policies for legal sale and possession of cannabis for recreational purposes by adults, it is not clear what effects such policies may have on adolescents. Cannabis is now accepting papers to be considered for a special issue on cannabis legalization policy and its effects on adolescents. Papers can focus on legalization policy in the United States or abroad. Original reports, brief reports, reviews, and opinion pieces will all be considered. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Associations, or lack thereof, of national, state, and local cannabis policies with adolescents’ cannabis use, beliefs, and problems

  • Differential associations of legalization policies with use, beliefs, and problems across social and demographic groups

  • Associations of policies with access to, availability of, and types of cannabis products used by adolescents

  • Legalization and adolescents’ sources of cannabis products

  • Legalization and co-use of cannabis with tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs

  • Implications of legalization for prevention, treatment, and clinical practice

  • Methodological, measurement, and conceptual issues in cannabis policy studies

  • Best practices for regulating the cannabis market


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Cannabis is an open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scientific study of marijuana/cannabis from a multidisciplinary perspective. Consistent with the mission of the Research Society on Marijuana (RSMj), the journal publishes empirical research of the determinants, correlates, consequences, contexts, and assessment of marijuana use as well as the treatment of problematic marijuana use, including cannabis use disorder. The journal covers research across the human spectrum (note that we currently do not accept animal model research).


The journal seeks to publish the following (but not limited to these topics specifically):

  • Etiological mechanisms of use

  • Issues related to clinical factors (i.e., diagnosis)

  • Medical relevance (i.e., treatment effects/implications)

  • Clinical trials

  • Social and behavioral aspects of use (both positive and negative)

  • Sociopolitical, economic, legal, ethical, and regulatory issues

Editorial Board


Eric R. Pedersen

Associate Editors

Adrian Bravo

Joel Grube

LaTrice Montgomery

Mark Prince

Consulting Editors

Shanna Babalonis

Robert Dvorak

Caislin Firth

Rachel Gunn

Yifrah Kaminer

Godfrey Pearlson

Kristina Phillips

Managing Editor

Reagan Fitzke

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The Journal is open access and publishes under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license. This allows broad global dissemination while also ensuring the author maintains appropriate credit for their work.