March 1, 2012 01:14

News Nuggets (The World)

Study shows MMJ programs don’t increase teen use

A new study out of Canada suggests state-level medical marijuana programs do not lead to an increase in the number of teens smoking cannabis. In fact, the study from McGill University in Montreal shows, past-month teen marijuana use actually decreased in some states researchers examined. That perceived decrease, however, was so slight as to be statistically irrelevant, researchers said. The study, the results of which were published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology, examined state data gathered from 2002 to 2009 by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It showed that the enactment of medical cannabis laws at the state level had “little to no causal effect on broader marijuana use” among teens.

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