420 with CNW – Survey Shows Link Between Marijuana Legalization and Reduced Teen Marijuana Abuse Admissions

June 22, 2020 03:25:28

Marijuana legalization is one of the most divisive topics of the decade. While proponents swear by its medical abilities and say that taxes from cannabis sales can be used to address various social issues, those against argue that it is a gateway drug and that legalizing it will make it more accessible to children and teenagers. In fact, a survey by Gallup found that 83% of opponents to legalization believe it would make marijuana more accessible to the youth. However, a survey of cannabis use disorders carried out in Colorado and Washington found this to be wholly untrue.

The survey was led by researchers from Temple University and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The study concluded that after recreational marijuana was legalized, “the rate of adolescent treatment admissions for marijuana use declined significantly, with the mean rate falling nearly in half between 2009 and 2017. The decline in admissions rate was greater in Colorado and Washington compared to other states where recreational marijuana is not legal.” This is despite the fact that for more than 70% of minors…


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