Published on June 27th, 2015 | by News Feed
Medical Marijuana Approval Laws Do Not Lead To Higher Teenage Use
The newest study on marijuana and teenage marijuana use reveal that previous misconceptions were wrong. Many have stated that marijuana approval laws would only lead to higher usage rates among the teenage community. Some have even stated that the “drug” would lead young people to thinking all drugs were okay and not a big deal.
There is no denying the fact that marijuana use among young people has increased over the years and many will argue that the younger generation does not see the herb as a drug or even as a danger. However a newer study has shown that medical marijuana laws are not leading to higher usage rates and are not impacting teen pot use in the slightest.
Of the 21 states that were studied, none of the research showed that medical cannabis laws had any impact on the use of marijuana by younger people.
“Our findings provide the strongest evidence to date that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalizes medical marijuana,” lead author Deborah Hasin, a researcher at Columbia University in New York, said in a statement.
The federal government sponsored this study. The groups researched were in 8th, 10th, and 12th grade respectively. The study asked questions to these students and focused on marijuana use over the last month. The researchers conducting the study were able to cross-reference the answers with previous answers dating back to 1991. Of the one million students in 48 states between the years of 1991-2014, the study found no link between medical marijuana and higher teen usage rates.
While the study did show that there is a correlation between the usage rates and the adoption of a marijuana bill, the study did not find any higher rates after the passing of the bill. In fact the study was able to learn that of those who used marijuana, the 8th graders surveyed showed a decline in use after the passing of medical marijuana laws.
This is yet another shining example of why real, authentic, and honest research needs to be done in this field. There is already an idea, perpetrated by the media, that marijuana is a major problem in the United States. The fact of the matter is that the biggest problem the United States has with marijuana is its incessant desire to arrest, try, and incarcerate those who use it.