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Adolescent Use In Spain after Legalization

Cannabis consumption initiation among adolescents: A longitudinal study

Anna Pérez  Carles ArizaFrancesca Sánchez-Martínez, Manel Nebot
Addictive Behaviors  Volume 35, Issue 2, February 2010, Pages 129–134

Corresponding author. Evaluation and Intervention Methods Service, Public Health Agency of Barcelona, Plaça Lesseps 1, 08023, Barcelona, Spain. Tel.: + 34 93 202 77 49; fax: + 34 93 292 14 43.

WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:

According to the abstract for this study, “A questionnaire was administered to 2043 14–15-year-olds from Barcelona who were followed-up and re-interviewed after 15 months. … Among matched students, 23.7% of non-users at baseline had started to consume 15 months later (23.0% boys and 24.2% girls). Among those who had reported occasional cannabis use, 30.3% reported consumption during the previous month at the follow-up survey. … Cannabis initiation was facilitated by legal drug use, favorable attitudes and context-related variables.”  (underscoring ours)

The complete Abstract and access to the article are available at  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306460309002470

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