Cannabis Industry Targeting Kids??

Public policymakers attempt to keep up with rapidly-evolving industry
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Pre rolled joints and gummy infused candy are sold on 4/20 on World Weed Day in Washington Square Park on April 20, 2022 in New York City. Hundreds of people flocked to Washington Square Park where vendors set up tables selling cannabis flowers, as well as other cannabis-infused products. Laws across the U.S. vary by state, but in New York City, it is legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to three ounces of cannabis and up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis for personal use. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • For decades, the tobacco industry has come under fire for marketing harmful nicotine products to children.
  • Now, similar concerns are being raised about the cannabis industry.
  • As cannabis dispensaries pop up across America, customers can find flavored products such as “mad mango,” “loud lemon,” and “peach dream,” which critics say could entice children.
  • “If you go through a cannabis dispensary right now,” Katherine Keyes, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University said, “it’s almost absurd how youth-orientated a lot of the packing and the products are.”

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