Legalizing recreational cannabis has lead to a decrease in teen use in many states, according to a study published this week that contradicts previous research of how legalization affects teen pot use.
The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, found that recreational marijuana laws were associated with an 8% decrease in teen pot use, and a 9% decrease in frequent use.
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“Because our study is based on more policy variation than prior work, we view our estimates as the most credible to date in the literature,” study author Mark Anderson told CNN. He emphasized that the study focused on recreational legalization, not legalization for medical use.
“Just to be clear we found no effect on teen use following legalization for medical purposes, but evidence of a possible reduction in use following legalization for recreational purposes,” he said.
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