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ADAI in the News: High-Potency Cannabis a Concern in WA and CO

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ADAI cannabis expert Beatriz Carlini, PhD, MPH was interviewed for a national NBC News article exploring the impact of high-THC concentration products in states that have legalized cannabis for retail sale, like Washington and Colorado.

Dr. Carlini, who was part of a team of UW and WSU researchers who put together a consensus statement and report for policymakers about high-potency cannabis in 2020, said, “We were not aware when we were voting [in 2012] that we were voting on anything but the plant,” and noted that there’s widespread understanding that the cannabis plant “is not that scary and it has some benefits, but this [concentrated] product is just a totally different animal.”

Find the NBC News story here.

Learn more about high-THC cannabis here.