Legalizing Pot Tied To Less Teen Marijuana Use

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  Legalizing Pot Tied To Less Teen Marijuana Use

Posted by CN Staff on July 10, 2019 at 08:35:08 PT
By Lisa Rapaport 
Source: Reuters 

USA -- Marijuana legalization laws don’t appear to increase teen pot use and instead may have the opposite effect, a U.S. study suggests.To see how teen marijuana use compares in states with and without such laws, researchers examined survey data on substance use collected from 1.4 million adolescents between 1993 and 2017. During that period, 27 states and Washington, D.C. legalized medical marijuana and seven states legalized cannabis for recreational purposes.
Medical marijuana laws didn’t appear to influence whether teens used marijuana, the study authors reported in JAMA Pediatrics.Recreational marijuana laws, however, were associated with an 8% decline in the odds that teens would report trying cannabis in the previous 30 days and a 9% decrease in teens reporting frequent use.Reduced supply may explain why, said lead study author Mark Anderson, an associate professor in agricultural economics at Montana State University in Bozeman.“It may actually be more difficult for teens to obtain marijuana as drug dealers are replaced by licensed dispensaries that require proof of age,” Anderson said by email. “Selling to minors becomes a relatively more risky proposition after the passage of these laws.”The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how legalizing marijuana might directly alter teen use. State laws legalizing recreational marijuana generally focus on adult use and don’t permit sales to minors.Other studies have linked marijuana to a range of behavioral and emotional problems in teens. Some previous research also suggests that effects of marijuana use may be more pronounced in teens because adolescence is a period of rapid brain development.It’s possible legalizing marijuana leads more parents to talk to kids about the risks of drug use, said Rebekah Levine Coley, a professor of developmental and educational psychology at Boston College who wasn’t involved in the study.These laws may lead to “increased parental supervision or discussions between parents and adolescents regarding the dangers of marijuana use in reaction to legalization and the resultant increases in political and news attention and perceived availability,” Coley said by email.For these conversations to have the intended effect, parents need to listen, not just lecture, said Dr. Ellen Rome, head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Children’s in Ohio.“Have frank discussions with your teen, where you ask first what they believe about teens and marijuana use before and after legalization,” Rome, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “Then share your own beliefs, and encourage dialogue - and ask what they believe will help prevent youth from using illegally.”SOURCE: Pediatrics, online July 8, 2019.Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.Source: Reuters (Wire)Author: Lisa RapaportPublished: July 8, 2019Copyright: 2019 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #11 posted by FoM on September 02, 2019 at 06:21:49 PT

Had Enough
I just answered your message and sent a friend's request to you.
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Comment #10 posted by Had Enough on September 01, 2019 at 10:43:16 PT

Check your friend request thing.
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Comment #8 posted by Had Enough on August 19, 2019 at 14:21:16 PT

I got one too. We should friend up.
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Comment #7 posted by Had Enough on August 01, 2019 at 19:52:33 PT

You have a Facebook page.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on July 17, 2019 at 20:05:14 PT

Hope and Afterburner
I agree!
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on July 17, 2019 at 10:35:21 PT

Hope & FoM
"Morning has broken. Somewhat better era for humanity." The mind expansion has only just begun!
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on July 16, 2019 at 12:31:27 PT

Comment 3 FoM
It is wonderful. And I just saw your post over there.So many years looking for that streak of light on the horizon. It's rejoicing time! It's not all done or done right everywhere... but the sky is definitely brightening!Morning has broken. This is the dawn of a somewhat better era for humanity.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on July 16, 2019 at 05:59:58 PT

That is wonderful! We have a dispensary less then 20 miles from where we live. I haven't seen it yet though since we don't go that way often but it is there. Morning has broken. I shared the song on my Facebook timeline.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on July 14, 2019 at 20:59:04 PT

 A happy thing to share with you.
Together, for so many years, we have ranted against injustice and been outraged over the collateral damage of this long prohibition on cannabis and hemp. We've been cyber friends for so long that it seems like "All our lives". *Smile* We have trudged together through this mire for many years... so I want to share with you that I was in Oklahoma this weekend and, though I didn't go inside, I saw dispensaries. Medical Cannabis dispensaries! Several of them. What seemed to me, and you, outrageous injustice taking place in Oklahoma because of cannabis prohibition was one of the way over the line points that made we want to know more and to do more to make things right in an obviously, dangerous and not right state of humanity.During three days, as though by divine guidance... I just looked up or over and saw them clearly in different areas at different times. Something made me see them. At least three times. I wasn't consciously looking for them at all. It was a truly delightful experience. I felt... and feel blessed. Very blessed.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on July 13, 2019 at 08:53:54 PT

This is a long known fact!
Just remember, the gov't is good at wasting your money, and that's about all we can expect from them...
Marijuana Store!
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