New Research From U of Oregon

I pull this excerpt from a larger story about the political race in the state of Oregon.  The full story is here, and it is worth your time.  Today’s offering:


Medical marijuana laws in Oregon and other states cannot be blamed for an increase in teen marijuana use since 2005, according to a new study by a University of Oregon economics professor and two collaborators. Despite anecdotal reports that teens are obtaining medical marijuana, the analysis of national data found no evidence that a state’s legalization of pot for medical uses increases the probability that its high school students will use it recreationally, UO professor Benjamin Hansen said this week.

Hansen worked with fellow economics professors in Montana and Colorado to analyze national data on teen marijuana use from 1993 to 2009. Their findings are reported in a nonpeer-­reviewed working paper published by the Institute for the Study of Labor. They reached their conclusion by comparing such use before and after the legalization of medical marijuana in 13 states, including Oregon, he said.

They then compared that data with teen pot use in adjoining states without medical marijuana laws as a control group, Hansen said, and found no signs that such laws made a difference. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now have such a law, and legislation is pending in seven other states.

“This result is important given that the federal government has recently intensified its efforts to close medical marijuana dispensaries,” said Hansen, whose primary research area is risky behaviors. “In fact, the data often showed a negative relationship between legalization and marijuana use.”

People are not going to lose their minds when pot becomes re-legalized. Anyway, not any more than they do so already. If heroin were legal I would not purchase any.

The adventure continues.

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Author: DavidB

a heathen, but hopefully not an unenlightened one

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