The fear that re-legalization would lead to more cannabis use by teens is proving unfounded.
Researchers reported that the proportion of adolescents, ages 12 to 14, who strongly disapproved of marijuana use rose significantly during this period. The percentage of 12- to 14-year-olds reporting having used marijuana during the past year fell significantly during this same time period.
Among youths, ages 15 to 17, past year cannabis use also fell significantly, while young people’s perception of marijuana remained largely unchanged.
“Our results may suggest that recent changes in public policy, including the decriminalization, medicalization, and legalization of marijuana in cities and states across the country, have not resulted in more use or greater approval of marijuana use among younger adolescents,” the study’s lead investigator said in a press release.
Young adults, ages 18 to 25, in contrast to their younger peers, were less likely in 2013 to disapprove of the use of cannabis. However, this change in attitude was not positively associated with significant rises in past year marijuana use by members of this age group, researchers reported.
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And, just so it gets said, it will be harder for people who are too young for cannabis consumption to acquire weed after re-legalization. How often do you see kids smoking cigarettes these days? There was a time when young people could buy smokes from a coin-operated machine in almost any store and no one said: “boo.” Re-legalization will help keep cannabis in adult hands. And, that’s good.
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