Top Federal Drug Official Blows Senator’s Mind By Revealing Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Increase Teen Use

Top Federal Drug Official Blows Senator’s Mind By Revealing Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Increase Teen Use
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A top federal drug official reiterated on Wednesday that adolescent marijuana use has not increased in states that have moved to legalize cannabis, much to the surprise of a GOP senator who said he expected otherwise based on alcohol-related trends. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow addressed the issue at a hearing before the Senate Health, Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. She did raise some concerns about potential health risks of marijuana use overall, but made clear that the evidence does not support a common prohibitionist argument that reforming cannabis laws leads to increased underage consumption. “Specifically in the United States, legalization by some states of marijuana has not been associated with an increase in adolescents’ marijuana use,” Volkow said in response to a question from Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The senator, whose home state of Louisiana last year decriminalized cannabis possession but has not legalized commercial sales of non-medical marijuana, was taken aback. “That surprises me, because if you relax blue laws for alcohol, there ends up being more alcohol used by adolescents in that given county or parish,” Cassidy replied, referring to policies in place in several states where alcohol purchases are restricted or prohibited on certain days, typically Sundays. Watch the discussion about marijuana legalization and adolescent use trends, starting around 1:23:55 into the video below: Volkow said that officials are “seeing significant increases in adult use of marijuana and young people, but not in adolescence, which is different exactly from what you’re saying with the alcohol.” The NIDA director did say that there may be an “association” between marijuana consumption in young people and increased risk of suicidality, but she said that it’s difficult to establish “causality” and the agency is carrying out “prospective studies” that would be necessary to determine that.…

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