Despite Loosening Cannabis Laws, Children Say It’s Becoming Less Available, Finds Study

brightbudsOne of the primary arguments used against legalizing cannabis is that it will become more easily accessible to children. A new study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), however, paints a different picture.

According to the study conducted by researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the CDC, the percentage of children aged 12 to 17 who say that cannabis is “fairly easy or very easy to obtain” fell significantly from 2002, to 2014 – a 13% drop in total.

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Map Shows Cannabis Consumption Rates Throughout the U.S.

The map below uses data from a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to determine cannabis consumption rates throughout the United States.

The report used data from 204,000 individuals.

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Government Study Finds Majority in Treatment for Cannabis Were Forced Into it

jointA new government-funded study conducted and released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has found that a majority of those in treatment for cannabis were forced into it by the criminal justice system, rather than being voluntarily admitted.

According to the data, less than one in five who are in treatment centers for cannabis were admitted voluntarily or were referred by someone else, while 52% were referred by the criminal justice system. Among these referrals, 44.1% were referred by parole or probation officers, 16.2% were referred by courts, and 2.2% were referred by prisons.

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