Skip to comments.New JAMA study shows legalizing pot might discourage teen use
Posted on 07/09/2019 7:56:23 AM PDT by luv2ski
Legalizing pot does not appear to encourage teen use and might actually discourage it, a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 1.4 million high school students between 1993 and 2017, collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its Youth Risk Behavior survey. The results show teen pot use both before and after medical marijuana laws were adopted in 27 states, seven of which also legalized recreational marijuana during the survey period.
Teen marijuana use didnt change much after medical marijuana was legalized, they found. In states that legalized recreational use, the number of teens who said they smoked pot in the previous 30 days dropped 8% while the number who used it 10 or more times fell by 9%.
One theory floated by the studys authors was that teens may find it more difficult to access marijuana if drug dealers are replaced by licensed dispensaries that require proof of age, possibly contributing to the decrease.
Eleven states and the District of Columbia have now legalized recreational use of marijuana, while 34 states permit medical use. Some worry normalizing pot will give young people the impression that marijuana is harmless. Plus, they worry that selling pot at dispensaries will make it easy for young people to access the drug.
The study estimates an association between legalization and teen use, not causation, meaning the study does not show conclusively that legalizing pot causes a decrease in teen use. Still, the findings are consistent with similar research that suggests teens might smoke less pot in states where medical or recreational marijuana is legal.
The study was conducted by D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University, Benjamin Hansen of the University of Oregon, Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado Denver and Joseph Sabia of San Diego State University. The research was funded by grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health and the Charles Koch Foundation.
Though generally aligned with Republicans, the Koch brothers have split with the party on marijuana and some other issues. The powerful libertarian donors support states legalizing pot and criticize federal attempts to thwart local laws.
Legalize meth if that’s the case
Beware studies funded by activists.
Are you high?
This is a total pantload. Colorado shows that legalization leads to skyrocketing use among youth. Of COURSE it’s going to increase. It’s so obvious as to be stupid. This is just the pro doper leftist tool crowd propagating more nonsense.
What a novel idea.
Let’s legalize drunk driving - that’ll discourage DUI.
Legalize sex with minors. That will keep their pants on.
Lol.. brought to you by the obamacare endorsers. That’s some science.. agenda.
Colorado legalized pot what? ... Two years ago? ... start with garbage data ... get garbage results.
Not my observation from Colorado.
Wow, convincing proof.... that JAMA studies are sometimes total bulls-—.
That’s because the other studies on this topic posted here mostly have one thing in common, and that is that they come from advocacy groups.
In this case the psychology is very straightforward - remove the “forbidden fruit” status, and much of the temptation goes with it.
“might discourage teen use”
also, might not discourage teen use
agenda driven drivel.....
like..."if we teach the kids all about sex at age 10 it'll protect them from pregnancy and stds'"...
At the bong again, are you Angelica?
Yeah, legalizing it would make it kinda square.
Have they ever done a study of the effect of executing drug dealers?
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