Researchers will present their findings based on the results of a study conducted by Rhode Island Hospital. A team led by Dr. Esther Choo, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues used data pulled from test subjects taken from studies conducted throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
As the potential for legalized medical cannabis becomes more possible citizens will rightly begin to question the impact of the availability of cannabis on our young people. The American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition on November 2 will be the first to hear the results of this study in detail.
Choo says, “Our study did not find increases in adolescent marijuana use related to Rhode Island’s 2006 legalization of medical marijuana; however, additional research may follow future trends as medical marijuana in Rhode Island and other states becomes more widely used.”
I think some people have the perception of marijuana supporters as being lax and dismissive of the need for regulations and control if marijuana does become legalized. There would be much to consider including the message we send our young people. We will also need to retrain the entire country’s perception of marijuana by using information that is neutral and informative like this study above seems to be a good place to start.
Isn’t it just as easy to come to this conclusion given that marijuana is available (whether legal or not) and people have access to it. The legality of the drug does not impact availability. Those who choose to smoke will and those who choose to decline shall.
We didn’t need a study to tell us this but we’re grateful nonethe less, right?