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New JAMA study shows legalizing pot might discourage teen use
CNBC ^ | July 8, 2019 | Angelica LaVito

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 didn’t 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 study’s 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
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Interesting study that seems to contradict others that have been posted on FR.
1 posted on 07/09/2019 7:56:23 AM PDT by luv2ski
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Legalize meth if that’s the case


2 posted on 07/09/2019 7:57:53 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (TDenounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: luv2ski

Beware studies funded by activists.


3 posted on 07/09/2019 8:00:19 AM PDT by dangus
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Legalizing pot does not appear to encourage teen use and might actually discourage it

Are you high?

4 posted on 07/09/2019 8:01:28 AM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: luv2ski

Wishful thinking...


5 posted on 07/09/2019 8:02:27 AM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith..)
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To: luv2ski

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.


6 posted on 07/09/2019 8:04:13 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: luv2ski

What a novel idea.

Let’s legalize drunk driving - that’ll discourage DUI.


7 posted on 07/09/2019 8:06:30 AM PDT by C210N (You can vote your way into Socialism; but, you have to shoot your way out of it.)
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Legalize sex with minors. That will keep their pants on.


8 posted on 07/09/2019 8:08:37 AM PDT by anton
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To: luv2ski

Lol.. brought to you by the obamacare endorsers. That’s some science.. agenda.


9 posted on 07/09/2019 8:09:36 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Do you know anyone who isn’t a socialist after 65? Freedom exchanged cash, a medicare card control.)
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Researchers analyzed data from more than 1.4 million high school students between 1993 and 2017 ...

Colorado legalized pot what? ... Two years ago? ... start with garbage data ... get garbage results.

10 posted on 07/09/2019 8:11:49 AM PDT by dartuser
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Oh, I'm sure that's what will happen just look at how legalizing drugs for other segments of society has worked here and in other countries. What it shows is usage goes up not down, how else to explain the booming pot business?
11 posted on 07/09/2019 8:12:20 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: luv2ski

Not my observation from Colorado.


12 posted on 07/09/2019 8:23:45 AM PDT by taxcontrol (Stupid should hurt - dad's wisdom)
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I guess we should encourage pot promotion and commercials, since we can prove advertising discourages usage.

/s/

13 posted on 07/09/2019 8:24:30 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Your sarcasm tag: don't leave home without it.)
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To: luv2ski

Wow, convincing proof.... that JAMA studies are sometimes total bulls-—.


14 posted on 07/09/2019 8:29:38 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: luv2ski

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.


15 posted on 07/09/2019 8:31:17 AM PDT by thoughtomator (The Clinton Coup attempt was a worse attack on the USA than was 9/11)
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“might discourage teen use”

also, might not discourage teen use


16 posted on 07/09/2019 8:31:32 AM PDT by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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there's lies, there's damn lies, and then there is statistics....

agenda driven drivel.....

like..."if we teach the kids all about sex at age 10 it'll protect them from pregnancy and stds'"...

17 posted on 07/09/2019 8:34:07 AM PDT by cherry
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At the bong again, are you Angelica?


18 posted on 07/09/2019 8:34:34 AM PDT by Taxman (We will never be a truly free people so long as we have the income tax and the IRS.)
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Yeah, legalizing it would make it kinda square.


19 posted on 07/09/2019 8:40:06 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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Have they ever done a study of the effect of executing drug dealers?


20 posted on 07/09/2019 9:01:58 AM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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