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Propaganda Unraveled: Marijuana Legalization Does Not Increase Teen Recreational Use

Propaganda Unraveled: Marijuana Legalization Does Not Increase Teen Recreational Use

Does the idea of cannabis legalization in the Western world make you worry that teens will start smoking it more? Those fears can be laid to rest because previous medical marijuana legalization did not increase teen recreational use.

Legalizing medical marijuana has not increased recreational use of the substance among U.S. adolescents, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published online in the journal Addiction.

Deborah Hasin, PhD, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School and senior author of the study said:

For now, there appears to be no basis for the argument that legalizing medical marijuana has increased teens’ use of the drug.

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