Marijuana Legalization Hasn’t Led To More Youth Use, Report From Alcohol And Tobacco Industry-Backed Group Says

Marijuana Legalization Hasn’t Led To More Youth Use, Report From Alcohol And Tobacco Industry-Backed Group Says
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An alcohol and tobacco industry-backed marijuana policy group released a report on Wednesday that provides an overview of data showing that state-level cannabis legalization has not led to increased youth consumption and offers perspective on prevention methods. The Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR) released the analysis, which points to studies that plainly contradict claims often made by prohibitionists that creating regulated cannabis markets would lead more underage people to consume marijuana. The report from CPEAR, whose members include Altria Client Services, Molson Coors Beverage Company and Constellation Brands, was released ahead of a planned panel event the group is hosting on Thursday focusing on youth prevention and featuring Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO). Interested in what youth #cannabis prevention looks like under a federal framework? Join us for a robust discussion with policymakers on how data-driven research should be used in crafting legislation. Register now: https://t.co/edbOJiNPtB pic.twitter.com/VbEjT0uMdN — Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (@CPEARCoalition) March 11, 2022 The senator served as Colorado’s governor during the state’s historic vote to legalize adult-use marijuana in 2012, which he opposed at the time, and oversaw the implementation of the program. In the years since, he’s come around to generally supporting reform and has frequently talked about how despite opponents’ concerns about the possibility of increased youth usage, the state did not see that trend; rather, more elderly residents began patronizing cannabis shops. CPEAR’s new 29-page report details how researchers have consistently found that youth marijuana use “either decreases or remains flat in regulated cannabis markets”—a point that’s been supported by recent federally funded surveys. One of the most recent surveys stressed that youth marijuana use “decreased significantly” in 2021, as did teen consumption of illicit substances overall. Via CPEAR/MTF. In its analysis, CPEAR says said the evidence indicates that “government guidance,…

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