The verdict is in, folks: no, cannabis legalization does not increase underage consumption. Why? Well, it’s logic. Here are the quick and dirty facts.
FILE – In an April 20, 2005 file photo, a University of Colorado freshman, who did not want to be identified, joins a crowd smoking marijuana during a “420” gathering at Farrand Field at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. People who started using marijuana persistently before age 18 risk losing some of their IQ by the time they’re 38, a long-running study says. In contrast, even long-term chronic users who started after age 18 showed no such effect, suggesting the drug holds some particular toxicity for the developing brain. (AP Photo/Longmont Daily Times-Call, Richard M. Hackett, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES
Marijuana fear mongers, we’ve got bad news: No, cannabis legalization has not increased adolescent use.
We understand this may disappoint some, and for the rest, we bet you’re hardly even surprised. Why? Because other nations have adopted similar drug policy before — with wild success.
Dr. Deborah Hasin from Columbia University Medical Center provides context:
“Up to now, in the states that passed medical marijuana laws, adolescent marijuana use was already higher than in other states.”
Huh. So what you’re saying is, people that are drawn to cannabis are going to be drawn to cannabis regardless of the law … Huh.
As an aside from left field, we’ll note that Jamaican mothers give cannabis to their children for overall health and well-being. Just some food for thought.
To read more on this finding, head on over to the Guardian for the latest.
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