That study was paused in 2016 as the RTA began outreach around the strategic mobility plan. That hiatus made sense, but the issue needs to start up again now as we complete planning for the long-term future of our transit network.
On a daily basis, more than 20 transit lines and thousands of transit riders using both RTA and JeT service pass through the area in the CBD bounded by Canal, Rampart, Elk Place/Basin, and Tulane.
Our action also jumpstarted planning around a true transit hub for the CBD area. The RTA began a study in 2015 to evaluate locations for a permanent transit hub with real amenities for riders.
Despite this, something is missing: adequate seating and shelters, public wayfinding signs for different transit lines, ticket vending machines, public restrooms, rider-friendly businesses, and much more. This is a missed opportunity to show riders that they have a transit system that values their ridership.
In 2014, Ride New Orleans and partners hosted a day of grassroots action that aimed to call attention to much-needed investment in a central transit hub that improved seating, shade, wayfinding, and a plan to transform the decentralized stops into a true transit hub.
Our action led to the installation of new benches along Elk Place and S. Rampart giving waiting transit riders a much-needed seat. Also, the sidewalk was expanded on S. Rampart St. in front of a busy bus stop.
If you’d like to read more about our CBD Transit Hub research, click here.
Conclusion: Consistent 9-THC-content in joints lead to a SJU of 7mg of 9-THC, the integer number closest to the median values shared by both cannabis types. Independently if marijuana or hashish, 1 SJU = 1 joint = 0.25 g of cannabis = 7 mg of 9-THC. For CBD, only hashish SJU contained relevant levels. Similarly to the Standard Drink Unit for alcohol, the SJU is useful for clinical, epidemiological and research purposes.
Objective: Reliable data on cannabis quantities is required to improve assessment of cannabis consumption for epidemiological analysis and clinical assessment, consequently a Standard Joint Unit (SJU) based on quantity of 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (9-THC) has been established.
Results: 492 participants donated 315 valid joints. Donators were on average 29 years old, mostly men (77%), single (75%), with at least secondary studies (73%) and in active employment (63%). Marijuana joints (N=232) contained a median of 6.56mg of 9-THC (Interquartile range-IQR=10,22) and 0.02mg of CBD (IQR=0.02); hashish joints (N=83) a median of 7.94mg of 9-THC (IQR=10,61) and 3.24mg of CBD (IQR=3.21). Participants rolled 4 joints per gram of cannabis and paid 5€ per gram (median values).
Methodology: Naturalistic study of a convenience sample recruited from February 2015-June 2016 in universities, leisure spaces, mental health services and cannabis clubs in Barcelona. Adults, reporting cannabis use in the last 60 days, without cognitive impairment or language barriers, answered a questionnaire on cannabis use and were asked to donate a joint to further determine their 9-THC and Cannabidiol (CBD) content.
Keywords: 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol; Cannabis; Metrics; Prevention; Standard unit.