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Teenagers show less interest in the use of marijuana in those States where it is fully legalized — this is the conclusion reached by researchers from the University of Montana in the United States, according to CNN.
The researchers analyzed surveillance of high school students from 1993 to 2017 data habits of more than 1.4 million young people. The results of a study they published on the JAMA Network website.
They managed to trace a pattern: in those States where cannabis is fully legalized, 8 percent dropped in the number of students reporting use in the past 30 days, and 9 percent among those who use marijuana regularly.
The authors believe that this may be due to the increase in the number of legal points of sale, where buyers demand to show documents.
While habit did not affect the laws about medical marijuana: in States where use of cannabis for recreational purposes is still illegal, such dynamics is not observed. Scientists are not trying to argue that the decline of interest in the substance in adolescents is caused by the new laws — they only established a link between these trends.
CNN journalists recalled other studies: in Colorado in 2018, scientists are unable to establish any reduction in the number of underage marijuana users. She was fully legalized by the authorities of the state in 2014.
In addition, the percentage of students who use this substance in General has increased significantly over the past decade: in 1991, they were 0.6 percent, in 2017 — up to 6.3 percent.
Cannabis is allowed for medical use in 33 States. In 10 States it can be used for recreational purposes, but nowhere is it possible to legally buy up to 18 years of age.
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