Thursday, November 14, 2019

A troubling new study shows that legalizing marijuana is linked with an increase in problematic pot use among teens

Jeremy Berke
,Business Insider•November 13, 2019

A new study found that problematic marijuana use increased by 25% among teens in states with legal pot shops.

Adults over the age of 26 also reported increased marijuana use. The study looked at survey data for about 500,000 people.


The study shows that among teens aged 12 to 17, problematic marijuana use was 25% higher when states legalized marijuana. The researchers note that the increase was small, from 2.18% to 2.72%. Among adults 26 and older, cannabis use disorder increased from 0.9% to 1.23%.


Problematic cannabis use is associated with negative health effects, including increased anxiety, lower educational attainment, unemployment, cognitive decline, and potentially a decline in socio-economic class, according to the study's authors.


tags: drug use, drug abuse

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