Washington State is among the first to legalize recreational marijuana. Local ordinances already exist to regulate medical marijuana, but a strong state medical regulatory framework does not exist. It is unclear how variations in local laws will impact marijuana access, use, initiation, and related outcomes such as injury and crime, particularly among youth.
Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities
Where people are born, grow up, live, work, and play influences their ability to live healthfully. Economic and social policies also significantly contribute to the health and well-being of the population. These factors, called social determinants of health, can be impacted through government services such as Medicare and Medicaid, and other legal interventions that help level the playing field.