New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens’ odds of using pot.
One reason may be that it’s harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark Anderson, a health economist at Montana State University.
The researchers analyzed national youth health and behavior surveys from 1993 through 2017 that included questions about marijuana use. Responses from 1.4 million high school students were included.
Thirty-three states have passed medical marijuana laws and 11 have legalized recreational use — generally for ages 21 and up, many during the study years. The researchers looked at overall changes nationwide, but not at individual states.
There was no change linked with medical marijuana legislation but odds of teen use declined almost 10% after recreational marijuana laws were enacted.
The research article is here.
* So, Politifact may want to revisit this rating from May…
[Rep. Kelly Cassidy] said, “In states that have legalized, you see steady decreases in youth use if you do it right.”
She did not provide any proof to back up her statement.
Of the 10 states that allow adults to use cannabis recreationally, only four have permitted retail sales long enough to provide enough data points for a preliminary comparison. While state survey data show no spike in current marijuana use among teens, they also fall short of suggesting the downward trajectory Cassidy described.
We rate her claim Mostly False.
* In other developments…
Illinois is just months away from legalizing recreational marijuana.
Now the Adams County Board must decide if the county should allow dispensaries in the county.
Even though using recreational marijuana will soon become legal anywhere in the state, Illinois counties have the option of whether to allow dispensaries in to provide the drug.
“Let’s be honest about what we have in front of us, it is legal in Illinois,” Board Finance Chair Bret Austin said. “Let’s decide if it’s something we want in our county.”
It’s already in your county, commissioner. And criminals run the business. You can either try to put those criminals out of business with competition, or just continue along your current path.