A study out of the University of Washington shows schools with policies of suspending students for pot use are not having the impact they seek “Suspending kids from school for smoking pot is likely to lead to more, not less, marijuana use.”
That finding, in a study published today in the American Journal of Public Health, startled researchers. They found that students attending schools with suspension policies for illicit drug use were 1.6 times more likely than their peers at schools without such policies to use marijuana in the next year — and that was the case with the student body as a whole, not just those who were suspended.
“That was surprising to us,” said co-author Richard Catalano, professor of social work and co-founder of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. “It means that suspensions are certainly not having a deterrent effect. It’s just the opposite.”
Conducted by researchers at UW and in Australia, the study compared drug policies at schools in Washington state and Victoria, Australia, to determine how they impacted student marijuana use. It found that students attending schools with policies of referring marijuana users to a school counselor were 50 percent less likely to use pot. Sending teens to educational programs, referring them to a school counselor or nurse, expelling them or calling the police had no significant impact on marijuana use.
What, you want more? [Spoiler: The American Journal of Public Health wants paid. Really?] TRY AND READ THE STUDY YOURSELF.
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