States With Legal Marijuana Have Less Underage Use And Impaired Driving Than Criminalized States, Study Shows

States With Legal Marijuana Have Less Underage Use And Impaired Driving Than Criminalized States, Study Shows
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States where marijuana is still criminalized see people initiate cannabis use at a younger age, consume more frequently and drive while under the influence more often, according to a new, large-scale survey from a marijuana policy consulting firm. Cannabis Public Policy Consulting (CPPC) analyzed a wide range of marijuana use trends and public health outcomes in 25 states—including those where cannabis is completely prohibited, where only medical marijuana is allowed and where adult-use is legalized. The overall findings support the idea that regulated markets promote more responsible behavior and “encourage positive cannabis-related outcomes to public health,” the CPCC paper says. (Disclosure: CPPC supports Marijuana Moment’s work through a monthly pledge on Patreon.) For example, the survey found looked at the age of initiation for marijuana use, which is considered a key data point considering that the younger a person starts to consume cannabis or other drugs, the more likely it is that they will experience “negative short-term and long-term health outcomes, and societal consequence.” The average age of initiation in illicit states is 16.7 years old, compared to 17 years old for both medical and recreational states. That difference may seem nominal, but as the researchers pointed out, “the difference of approximately four months earlier initiation of cannabis use in illicit states could very well represent a critical part of” youth development. Via CPPC. In any case, it shows that legal marijuana access for adults in states that have it is not leading to young people initiating cannabis consumption at an earlier age. “The finding that those in adult use states show a higher average age of initiation is important as it indicates that regulated access of cannabis is not expediting cannabis use among youth,” the study says. Another key finding concerns frequency of use among those aged 16-20. Consistent…

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