Rethinking Access to Marijuana

Rethinking Access to Marijuana (RAM) is a collaboration of community-based organizations seeking to prevent marijuana-related harms by limiting youth access and exposure to marijuana in the County of Los Angeles.


The changing perspective of marijuana in our communities sparks a wide range of strong reactions. Yet, across the spectrum of opinions, most people agree that cannabis should not be easily accessible to youth.

  • About 9% of teens who experiment with marijuana will develop dependence.

  • The proportion increases up to 50% among those who use daily.

Recent News

Cannabis-Banking bill approved by House; Future in Senate Uncertain

To safeguard public health, let science guide marijuana legalization

A psychologist’s advice: How to talk to your kids about social media and drug abuse.

Column: Should cannabis workers get COVID vaccine before teachers? They are in California

New Year, New Cannabis Reforms to Look Out for in 2021!

House Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana; Bill To Stall In Senate

Is cultural appropriation okay in cannabis industry to make profit?

Red Ribbon Week: October 23rd – 31st

Today’s high potency weed raises risk of anxiety and addiction, study says

Smoking weed and coronavirus: Even occasional use raises risk of Covid-19 complications

National Prevention Week 2020

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Selective invalidation of ambivalent pro-marijuana attitude components

Community Prevention Initiative: Cannabis Parent Update Brochure

The CBD craze is getting out of hand. The FDA needs to act.

CannaBASICS 101 in Spanish

CannaBASICS 101 in English

CannaBASICS 101 in Khmer

How Legal Marijuana Is Helping the Black Market

Health Impact Assessment: Health Equity Implications of Retail Cannabis Regulation in LA County

Chart: Marijuana store density surpasses Starbucks & McDonald’s in many mature cannabis markets

Teen blames laced marijuana for bizarre behavior after throwing baby across parking lot, attacking cars

In search of the science in the CBD fad

California cannabis trade group threatens to sue L.A. over lack of enforcement against illegal shops

Press Release: KYCC and CoPALM Host First Cannabis Educational Forum

NIDA: Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know Brochure

NIDA: Marijuana Facts for Teens

Legal marijuana reduces chronic pain, but increases injuries and car accidents

Youth Digital Media Workshop

National Prevention Week Press Conference

LA County’s Department of Public Health SAPC: Impact of Marijuana Use Data Brief

Teen pot smoking raises risk of depression in adulthood, study finds

Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain

Marijuana Use and Public Perceptions in Los Angeles County

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact

NBC Los Angeles: L.A. County Extends Ban on Marijuana in Unincorporated Areas, Sets Limits on Personal Cultivation

L.A. Independent: Panel Weighs Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Legalization

LA Times: A Hollywood drug prevention counselor bemoans the coming legalization of cannabis

Los Angeles Wave: Town Hall Addresses Marijuana Use Among Youth

LA County’s Department of Public Health SAPC: Marijuana Edibles Fact Sheet

Voice Waves: Long Beach Lifts 3-year Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries

Inform. Educate. Advocate.


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Community Engagement

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Contact us if you need information about youth marijuana use or have questions about how to mobilize your community. We are here to help YOU! RAM members are available to present information and speak at community meetings, PTA meetings and for visits to local legislators.