Medical marijuana laws increase use among juveniles, study says

Juvenile use of marijuana is increasing substantially as more medical marijuana laws pass nationwide.

In a recent study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, Florida International University researchers examined data on juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17 who participated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a representative survey of the U.S. population conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Their nationwide study found that the percent of juveniles reporting recreational use increased substantially following the passage of a medical marijuana law, accounting for other potentially salient causal factors.

"Well-meaning social policy often has unintended and detrimental effects for society," said Criminal Justice Professor Lisa Stolzenberg and lead author of the study.

After ruling out a change in marijuana availability as a causal factor, Stolzenberg said the most likely explanation for the increase in use is that medical marijuana laws diminish the frequently associated with the recreational use of marijuana.


Explore further

Adolescents who view medical marijuana ads more likely to use the drug, study finds

Citation: Medical marijuana laws increase use among juveniles, study says (2015, July 15) retrieved 18 June 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-07-medical-marijuana-laws-juveniles.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
7 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more