Legalization of marijuana more appealing to experienced young users

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) — The legalization of recreational marijuana is more attractive to young people who have already used it than those who never showed any interest, a new study revealed Monday.

The study, conducted by the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) and published online by Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, examined the influence of legalization of marijuana on young people after the drugs were legalized in Oregon state on the U.S. northwest coast.

Oregon legalized the recreational use of marijuana on July 1, 2015, almost three years before California state followed suit in January 2018. Legal sales of cannabis began in October 2015 in Oregon.

The study surveyed teenagers from 11 rural and suburban middle schools in seven Oregon school districts who answered questions about their marijuana use, attitudes towards marijuana, and willingness to use marijuana.

The ORI study indicated that teenagers who had tried marijuana by the eighth grade were 26 percent

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