Opponents of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes have long argued that such laws will encourage more youngsters to partake. But that notion may have no factual grounding, according to a new study that shows cannabis use among teenagers didn’t increase in states that legalized medical marijuana.
Researchers collected and analyzed 24 years’ worth of survey data from more than 1 million middle and high school students across the United States. Their findings showed marijuana use to be more common in states that had passed medical marijuana laws by 2014, with 16 percent of youth living there disclosing their usage. In states that didn’t legalize medical marijuana, 13 percent of respondents said they used cannabis within the last month. Read more »