Passing a medical marijuana law does not lead to increased use of the drug by teenagers in that jurisdiction, concludes a new study that looked at self-reported use of pot among more than one million adolescents from 48 U.S. states from 1991 to 2014.
The research was applauded by other social scientists for its size and strength. And the authors themselves suggested it is time for the debate over how to keep adolescents from using marijuana at an early age to move on to target on other factors.
“Concerns that increased adolescent marijuana use is an unintended effect of state medical marijuana laws seem unfounded. In view of the potential for harm from early use, other factors influencing wide segments of the population need to be investigated,” the authors wrote.
The study is published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. The work was led by Prof. Deborah Hasin of the Mailman School of Public Health, at New York City’s Columbia University.
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