Study: States Decriminalizing Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Youth Usage Rates, Decreases Drug-Related Arrests by 75%

In a study of five states that have decriminalized marijuana, it was found that decriminalization did not increase usage rates among children in any state, and it led to a massive decrease in drug arrests.

“A number of public health professional organizations support the decriminalization of cannabis due to adverse effects of cannabis-related arrests and legal consequences, particularly on youth”, begins the abstract of the study, published by the  International Journal of Drug Policy. “We sought to examine the associations between cannabis decriminalization and both arrests and youth cannabis use in five states that passed decriminalization measures between the years 2008 and 2014: Massachusetts (decriminalized in 2008), Connecticut (2011), Rhode Island (2013), Vermont (2013), and Maryland (2014).”

Data on cannabis possession arrests were obtained from federal crime statistics; data on cannabis use were obtained from state Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) surveys, years 2007-2015. Using a “difference in difference” regression framework, researchers “contrasted trends in decriminalization states with those from states that did not adopt major policy changes during the observation period.”

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Study: Marijuana Decriminalization in the Czech Republic has had No Effect on Age of Onset of Marijuana Use

According to a new study, the decriminalization of marijuana in the Czech Republic has had no effect on the average starting age of those who consume the plant.

In 2010 the Czech Republic decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis and other drugs. A study being published by the International Journal of Drug Policy, and e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that this law change has had no effect on the age of onset of marijuana use.

For the study, researchers used “2012 survey data to examine the effect of a change in cannabis policy on the age of onset of cannabis use.” They estimated “the effect of the policy change using a mixed proportional hazards framework that models the transition to first cannabis use.

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Study: Majority of Medical Cannabis Patients Use Cannabis to Replace Prescription Drugs

A new study published by the International Journal of Drug Policy has found that a majority of medical cannabis patients are using cannabis in replace of dangerous prescription drugs, mainly opioids.

For the study; “Patients registered to purchase cannabis from Tilray, a federally authorized Licenced Producer (LP) within the MMPR [the law that allows medical cannabis on the federal level in Canada], were invited to complete an online survey consisting of 107 questions on demographics, patterns of use, and cannabis substitution effect. The survey was completed by 271 respondents.”

According to the study; “Cannabis is perceived to be an effective treatment for diverse conditions, with pain and mental health the most prominent.” It was found that 63% of the study’s participants use cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs, “particularly pharmaceutical opioids (30%), benzodiazepines (16%), and antidepressants (12%).”

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Study: Living In A Home Where Cannabis Is Grown Doesn’t Harm A Child’s Health

A study published earlier this year by the government-funded National Institute of Health, as well as the International Journal of Drug Policy, found thatsaved18 “there was no significant difference between the health of the children living in cannabis grow operations and the comparison group of children”.

These findings, according to researchers, “challenge contemporary child welfare approaches and have implications for both child protection social workers and the policymakers who develop frameworks for practice.”

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