Federally Funded Study Shows Marijuana Legalization Is Not Associated With Increased Teen Use

Federally Funded Study Shows Marijuana Legalization Is Not Associated With Increased Teen Use
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A new study funded by a top federal drug agency has found that state-level marijuana legalization is not associated with increased youth cannabis use. The research article, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this month, looked at data from three longitudinal studies on past-year cannabis consumption and frequency of use among adolescents from 1999 to 2020 in Oregon, New York and Washington State. Washington voters legalized marijuana in 2012, followed by those in Oregon in 2014. New York moved to enact legalization last year, but retail stores haven’t opened yet, with regulators saying that will likely start happening before the end of this year. With marijuana legalization on the ballot in five states across the U.S. this month, opponents have repeatedly made the argument that the reform would lead more underage people to use cannabis, despite numerous studies contradicting that point. Now another study has similarly debunked the argument, with researchers at the University of Washington, Colorado State University and Oregon Social Learning Center finding that the “change in legalization status across adolescence was not significantly related to within-person change in the probability or frequency of self-reported past-year cannabis use.” The study, which received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), showed that “youth who spent more of their adolescence under legalization were no more or less likely to have used cannabis at age 15 years than adolescents who spent little or no time under legalization.” NIDA-funded research in @AmJPrevMed: Effects of Cannabis Legalization on Adolescent Cannabis Use Across 3 Studies https://t.co/UpYSFOD7nV — NIDAnews (@NIDAnews) November 17, 2022 “Taken together with previous studies, these findings add weight to the conclusion that adolescent cannabis use is holding steady in the wake of legalization, at least in the years relatively proximate to the policy change,” the research article…

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