Where There’s Recreational Cannabis Junk Food Sales are Higher

Robert C. Williams

In areas where recreational cannabis has been legalized, sales of “junk” foods such as ice cream, cookies and chips have gone up, according to research from Georgia State University and the university of Connecticut in the December 2020 issue of Economics & Human Biology.

The economist researchers Alberto Chong and Michele Baggio say they have enough data to indicate it is a causal relationship.

In this first-of-its-kind study, it was shown that states where cannabis laws were lax had higher sales of high fat and sugar processed foods. Specifically, in counties located in marijuana legal states, monthly sales increased by 3.1 percent for ice cream, 4.1 for cookies, and 5.3 percent for chips.

To conduct their study, Chong and Baggio relied on differences in the timing of the legalization of recreational marijuana across states. They also compared retail food purchases for a subsample of marijuana-legal and  marijuana illegal contiguous

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Study Finds That When Cannabis Is Legalized, Ice Cream And Cookie Sales Go Up

Robert C. Williams

A new study has taken a look at the effect legalizing cannabis in the US has on the sale of junk food like cookies, ice cream, and chips.

Previous studies have looked at the direct effects of cannabis on health, but this is the first study of its kind to look into – and find – a causal relationship between legal cannabis and junk food sales. Though recreational drugs all come with their downsides, it’s often been found that cannabis is far safer than the world’s favorite drug, alcohol, which is associated with 2.8 million deaths each year.

With the legalization of cannabis across many states in the US being fairly recent, the opportunity to study other knock-on effects, such as how the drug affects driving performance (spoiler alert: It’s not famed for giving you superhuman reflexes) and workplace fatalities, is just beginning.

A team from Georgia State

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a dietitian’s view of the free school meals packages

Robert C. Williams

A couple of carrots, a tin of beans and some wonky slices of processed cheese. It doesn’t sound like much, but this is the bulk of what was provided to a mother in her son’s free school meals package – which is meant to last a family 10 days. The mother, who goes by the username @Roadsidemum, uploaded a photo of the slim pickings to Twitter and it promptly went viral. 

The photo immediately sparked outrage online and has been shared more than 18,000 times on the platform – including by the footballer Marcus Rashford, who campaigned to ensure families were supplied with food during the last lockdown. He wrote on Twitter: “Where is this being rolled out? If families are entitled to £30 worth of food, why is there [sic] delivery only equating to just over £5?! 1 child or 3, this what they are receiving? Unacceptable.”


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Should stores ban you from buying junk food online? asks FEMAIL

Robert C. Williams

Claire Foges supports the proposition that stores could ban you from buying junk food online


By Claire Foges 

A family bag of toffee popcorn; a super-sized packet of chocolate buttons; a 12-pack of cola: add to basket!

Now that so many of us are doing our food shopping online, there is even more temptation to pile our (virtual) trolleys high with naughty-but-nice things.

If you were in an actual supermarket, you might think twice before lobbing in another packet of biccies with your gluttony on display. But not so when calorie-laden snacks are just a click away.

So bravo to Will Quince MP and KPMG policy-maker Mark Essex, guests on a podcast which discussed a smart idea to stop us all rolling out of our houses come the end of lockdown: supermarket shoppers online should be able to opt in to a system that blocks them from putting junk

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