Maryland recently approved cannabis legalization for recreational use starting July 1, making it the 21st state to do so. The impact of this legalization on our neighbors and our communities is being monitored as that date approaches.

On university campuses, cannabis use is a growing concern, as it can negatively impact academic performance and well-being. Much like alcohol, excessive use can impair cognitive function, memory, and motivation, making it difficult for students to achieve their academic goals.

Legalization has had positive aspects in other states, such as reducing law enforcement strain and addressing some inequality in treatment and prosecution. It generates tax revenue that can benefit public services, but there are concerns about the potential health risks of cannabis use and increased accessibility to youth.

Whether you are interested in the history of cannabis prohibition, its impact on society past or present, how policies regarding cannabis have developed, or so much more, we have some fascinating resources for you at the library. To see some of our holdings click this link or take a look at some of our databases (e.g., Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, and many more) to find articles that suit your interest.