Assessing the impacts of the minimum legal cannabis age laws on traffic-related injuries among young people in Canada

Funding body: CIHR Catalyst Grant

Description: This project aims to assess the impacts of the minimum legal cannabis age (MLCA) laws on traffic -related injuries among young people in Canada. Using available national emergency department data (National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, 2014-2019), this study will assess the potentially differential impacts of minimum legal cannabis age laws on patterns of emergency department admissions for traffic-injuries among two groups of youth: those still under MLCA restrictions versus those freed from MLCA constraints. We expect that MLCA-restricted groups will show no evidence of significant increases in traffic-related injuries immediately after legalization, while young adults freed from MLCA constraints will have significant increases in the traffic-related outcomes immediately following cannabis legalization.

Progress to date: The Principal Investigator is currently in the process of applying to the Canadian Institute of Health Information for the study data. Data will be available in the late summer or early fall, 2019. Analyses will occur in the fall of 2019.

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