Sorry Prohibitionists, Legalizing Cannabis Does NOT Increase Youth Usage Rates

Youth Usage RatesAlthough many prohibitionists argue that they oppose legalizing cannabis “because of the kids”, in truth they want legalization to increase youth usage rates. That would validate the argument they’ve been using for years, that if you loosen cannabis laws, more kids will start to consume the plant. However, a study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry – and recent data released by the Center for Disease Control – has found that prohibitionists are dead wrong; legalization does not increase the cannabis usage rates of non-adults.

For the study, researchers assessed the relationship between laws legalizing medical cannabis and rates of self-reported cannabis use among adolescents; the study covered a 24-year period with a sample size of over 1 million youths from 48 states.

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Study Finds Adolescent Cannabis Use Not Associated with Adverse Outcomes in Adulthood

Recreational cannabis use could be legal after the votesBy Paul Armentano, NORML

PITTSBURGH, PA — The use of marijuana by adolescents and young adults, including self-reported chronic use, is not positively associated with poorer quality of life outcomes later in life, according to an assessment of longitudinal data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Investigators from the Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Rutgers University prospectively examined whether male subjects who consumed cannabis between the ages of 15 and 26 differed in terms of socioeconomic, social, and life satisfaction outcomes by their mid-30s as compared to those who either abstained or used marijuana sparingly.

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