Teen Cannabis Use Doesn't Go Up In States With Medical Marijuana Laws: Study

Right-wingers: give your hands a break from all that wringing. 

The passing of medical marijuana legislation across the United States hasn’t resulted in more teens taking up cannabis use, a new study has found.

“We found no evidence of an effect of [medical marijuana law] enactment in any [marijuana use] outcome for both men and women aged 12–17,” Columbia University researchers wrote in the journal Prevention Science. “Due to developmental concerns, [medical marijuana laws] are explicitly designed to restrict access to youth. As such, the lack of change in [marijuana use] outcomes among youth could reflect [medical marijuana laws] being implemented as intended.”

Teens may not have been impacted by the adoption of medical marijuana laws, but those over the age of 26 were. The researchers found that cannabis use has increased in this demographic in states with medical marijuana legislation. 

“Regression modeling showed that there was not a statistically significant increase in past-month [marijuana use] after enactment of [medical marijuana laws] in men or women aged 12–17 or 18–25,” the authors wrote.

“However, among people 26+, the increase in past month [marijuana use] was statistically significant for both men and women.”

Researchers also noted a rise in daily cannabis use among men between the ages of 18 and 25, but they found “no corresponding increase” in cannabis use disorder after the adoption of medical marijuana legislation “even in age/gender subgroups reporting increases in past-month and daily” use.

This new research reflects the results of several other studies that suggest teens aren’t suddenly flocking to cannabis when legalization of any kind is passed.

Most recently, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that cannabis use among teenagers is at its lowest rate in 20 years – despite the U.S.’s ever-trucking cannabis movement.

h/t Marijuana Moment 


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