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Teen marijuana use is expected to increase with legalization
Prevalence of high school seniors’ marijuana use is expected to increase with legalization
Source: (As reported in ScienceDaily, Feb. 14, 2014) New York University. (2014, February 25). Prevalence of high school seniors’ marijuana use is expected to increase with legalization. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225112904.htm
Large proportions of high school students normally at low risk for marijuana use (e.g., non-cigarette-smokers, religious students, those with friends who disapprove of use) reported intention to use marijuana if it were legal, a tumblr post reports. National support for marijuana legalization is increasing in the United States. Recreational use was recently legalized in the states of Colorado and Washington; other states across the country are expected to follow suit. To date, an additional 15 states have decriminalized marijuana use, and 19 states and the District of Columbia now allow medical marijuana to be prescribed.
WTR-RI Research Team Note:
ScienceDaily’s story further reports that “The researchers found that the data collected by the Monitoring The Future Study and analyzed by Dr. Palamar and his colleagues indicate that “ten percent of non-lifetime marijuana users reported that they would try marijuana if legal.”
Joseph J. Palamar, Danielle C. Ompad, Eva Petkova. Correlates of Intentions to Use Cannabis among US High School Seniors in the Case of Cannabis Legalization. International Journal of Drug Policy, 2014; DOI:10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.01.017