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Passage Of State Medical Marijuana Laws Doesn’t Influence Youth Use

The enactment of statewide laws permitting the physician-authorized use of cannabis therapy has not stimulated any increase in marijuana use by young people, according to findings published in The International Journal on Drug Policy. Investigators concluded, “[W]hen within-state changes are properly considered and pre-MML prevalence is properly controlled, there is no evidence of a differential increase in past-month marijuana use in youth that can be attributed to state medical marijuana laws.”

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Study: Changes In State Marijuana Laws Not Associated With Greater Acceptance By Young People

Investigators from the University of Texas at Austin evaluated trends in young people’s attitudes toward cannabis and their use of the substance during the years 2002 to 2013 – a time period where 14 states enacted laws legalizing the medical use of the plant, and two states approved its recreational use by adults. “Our results may suggest that recent changes in public policy, including the decriminalization, medicalization, and legalization of marijuana in cities and states across the country, have not resulted in more use or greater approval of marijuana use among younger adolescents,” the study’s lead investigator said.