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Legalized Pot Doesn’t Spur Teen Use, Study Says

November 3, 2011 by staff 

Legalized Pot Doesn’t Spur Teen Use, Study Says, The legalization of medical marijuana in Rhode Island did not increase illegal drug use among youth in the state, a new study.

“Our study found no increase in marijuana use in adolescents compared to 2006 in Rhode Island, the legalization of medical marijuana, however, further research may follow future trends such as Rhode Island’s medical marijuana and other states becomes more widely used, “study researcher Dr. Esther Choo, Brown University, said in a statement.

Rhode Island Hospital researchers aimed to assess the impact of Rhode Island legalized medical marijuana. They looked at results of the survey of 32,570 middle school and high school students in Rhode Island and Massachusetts collected as part of the System of Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. The surveys were conducted between 1997 and 2009.

The researchers found no difference in the use of marijuana among young people between Rhode Island and Massachusetts in a year. (Massachusetts has legalized medical marijuana.)

The idea of ??legalizing medical marijuana has expressed concern about the drug that became increasingly accessible to adolescents, who are most vulnerable to the adverse consequences of marijuana, according to Choo, who is also an emergency physician at Hospital Rhode Island.

Choo will present the findings tomorrow (02 November) at the American Public Health Association meeting in Washington, DC

Pass: The legalization of medical marijuana in Rhode Island state level did not increase illegal drug use among youth in the state, a new study.

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