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Washington: Epidemiology Doctoral Student Named 2018 Horowitz Fellow

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has named Ms. Caislin Firth, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, a 2018 Horowitz Fellow. Ms. Firth is one of 25 fellows selected to receive grants of at least $7,500 to support research on contemporary issues that has an impact on social policy.

She will use the funds to complete her doctoral dissertation this spring, which focuses on the impacts of cannabis legalization on neighborhoods, underage use and juvenile justice outcomes in Oregon.

“I’m interested in assessing the unexpected consequences of cannabis legalization on youth and how the built environment influences those consequences,” Ms. Firth said. “Cannabis legalization has created a rapidly growing commercial cannabis industry which may make it easier for youth to illegally access and use cannabis products. However, criminal laws around youth marijuana crimes have not changed, and this may inadvertently lead to more youth arrests for marijuana-related crimes.”

For her dissertation, Ms. Firth is looking at how adult legalization of cannabis has impacted juvenile arrests across the state of Oregon and how legalization may have impacted racial and ethnic disparities within juvenile arrests.

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