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Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn't Raise Teen Pot Use, Study Says
U.S News and World Report ^ | April 25, 2014 | Robert Preidt

Posted on 04/25/2014 11:39:44 AM PDT by Ken H

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of marijuana doesn't increase when states approve the drug for medical use, a new study finds.

"Any time a state considers legalizing medical marijuana, there are concerns from the public about an increase in drug use among teens," principal investigator Dr. Esther Choo, an attending physician in the department of emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, said in a hospital news release.

Choo's team examined 20 years of data from states that do and don't permit medical marijuana use. They found that legalizing medical marijuana did not lead to increased illicit pot use by high school students.

The data showed that nearly 21 percent of teens had used marijuana in the past month, but there were no significant differences in pot use before and after a state legalized medical marijuana, according to the study released online April 15 in advance of print publication in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

She said the findings add "to a growing body of literature published over the past three years that is remarkably consistent in demonstrating that state medical marijuana policies do not have a downstream effect on adolescent drug use, as we feared they might."

(Excerpt) Read more at health.usnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 100percent; drugwarriors; marijuana; medicalmarijuana; nothigher; notlower; pot; wod; wosd

1 posted on 04/25/2014 11:39:44 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Corrected link => http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2014/04/25/legalizing-medical-marijuana-doesnt-raise-teen-pot-use-study-says


2 posted on 04/25/2014 11:41:44 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

“...20 years of data...”?????

How long has pot been legal?

Sounds like mathmatical m*sturbations on a level only achievable by climate change idiots.


3 posted on 04/25/2014 11:41:55 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Ken H

Medical use, huh.


4 posted on 04/25/2014 11:43:08 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Ken H

Experts !

What would Hope N’ Change scammers do without them?


5 posted on 04/25/2014 11:43:55 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: Da Coyote

CA was the first to enact medical mj in 1997. Wouldn’t it be relevant to study the years prior to that for comparison?


6 posted on 04/25/2014 11:45:17 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Da Coyote

Not really. It’s necessary to have a baseline of teen use before legalization in order to see what the effect was after legalization. And California’s law passed in 1996, so it’s almost 20 years old.


7 posted on 04/25/2014 11:45:51 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("The rat always knows when he's in with weasels"-- Tom Waits)
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To: Ken H
well, see there? It is a study.
8 posted on 04/25/2014 11:48:46 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Da Coyote

They are talking about medical marijuana. It’s been legal in Colorado for 14 years. Don’t know about other states.

Legal or illegal, people who want to use drugs, will.

Alcohol has been legally (again) killing people for almost 100 years. I wonder what percentage of people in the USA never use it.

Over 70% don’t smoke tobacco, the other killer, even though it’s legal. The news of the dangers has an effect over time. Once the dangers of pot can be better documented through studies, it’s use will go down also.


9 posted on 04/25/2014 11:51:47 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: SoFloFreeper

and 15 year old kids didn’t drink when they lowered the drinking age in 1973. Nope, no one from the Malden High School Class of 1973 bought beer at Fiorgione’s Liquor store for those of us who hung around Pearl Street Park.


10 posted on 04/25/2014 11:53:20 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Didn’t know it was as legal in CA for 20 years and assumed they were comparing the past with the very new experiences in Colorado (only two deaths thus far). If so, I’ll use the Emily Latilla response, “Never mind.”


11 posted on 04/25/2014 11:53:25 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Ken H
No smoking cigarettes or using those vapor pens....but do smoke Marijuana. Idiot adults, politicians who wanted the vote, stoned college professors and college kids got this passed......and the King of Choom goes after tobacco farmers but not Marijuana growers.....Eighteen Members of Congress joined together today in calling on President Obama to use his authority to reclassify marijuana from its current position as a dangerous drug, alongside heroin and LSD, with no medical value.

A letter, signed and sent by federal legislators Wednesday February 12th, 2014 states that marijuana’s current status “makes no sense,” and requests that President Obama “instruct Attorney General Holder to delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way.”

And the 18 are.......In addition to Representative Blumenauer, the Congressional letter sent to President Obama Wednesday was co-signed by Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Sam Farr (D-CA), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Mike Honda (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), James McGovern (D-MA), James Moran (D-VA), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Jared Polis (D-CO), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Peter Welch (D-VT).

(you want to know about RINO Rohrabacher?)

12 posted on 04/25/2014 11:56:35 AM PDT by yoe (BHO changed the rules without Congressional input making Obamacare Null&Void...EO's arent law....)
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To: Da Coyote

All I know is that now that weed is legal in Denver(I work downtown),the atmosphere has gone to..well...pot. It positively reeks downtown, folks walk up and down the street and loitering around businesses flaunting their new found freedom.


13 posted on 04/25/2014 11:59:41 AM PDT by coloradomomba (Lord God...please use me.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

and 15 year old kids didn’t drink when they lowered the drinking age in 1973. Nope, no one from the Malden High School Class of 1973 bought beer at Fiorgione’s Liquor store for those of us who hung around Pearl Street Park.


14 posted on 04/25/2014 12:01:25 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Ken H

But isn’t there a difference between it being legalized for medicinal use and it being available for general use?

The analogy might be a teenager stealing medication from moms medicine cabinet versus it being available for general consumption like alcohol and it being given to a teen at a party or by friends.


15 posted on 04/25/2014 12:06:10 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: yoe

Intrastate regulation of both tobacco and pot should be done by states per the Tenth Amendment. Agreed?


16 posted on 04/25/2014 12:07:05 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: coloradomomba

Yuck. I used to work in Denver too.

Wonder if the more seedy elements are using now. If they were before, then they did a pretty good job of keeping it hidden.

Thanks for letting me know. We won’t be going downtown any time soon. Even for the Old Spaghetti Factory. :(


17 posted on 04/25/2014 12:09:16 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: coloradomomba

Flaunting freedom? Sound horrible.


18 posted on 04/25/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT by Fuzz
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To: SoFloFreeper
well, see there? It is a study.

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Hilarious.

If the results of this study were the opposite, that states with legalized med maryjane showed an increase in pot use, that study would be noted with the words "I told you so" writ large and often.

19 posted on 04/25/2014 12:14:22 PM PDT by dmz
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To: Mears

bfl


20 posted on 04/25/2014 12:14:34 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Ken H

“Oh no, there is no proven link to habitual marijuana use at all!” Yeah, right. Like I’m going to believe Dr. CHOOM over what is very obviously happening.


21 posted on 04/25/2014 12:15:03 PM PDT by lee martell
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Yea, since we have like three years we can say without a shadow of a doubt that “medicinal” pot does not have any effect on illegal use... but the cases of glaucoma, anxiety and other rare pain disorders have skyrocketed to near epidemic proportions in a once healthy population for some inexplicable reason along with sales of nachos, tacos and subs from 7-11.


22 posted on 04/25/2014 12:19:14 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Fuzz
I am pretty certain that they can't smoke it in public. That would be breaking the law.

BTW a person is not allowed to drink alcohol on the streets.

Also, it okay with me as long as it doesn't infringe on my rights. That is the other half of so called “freedom” that Libertarians seem to forget sometimes -- it is okay long as their actions don't infringe on other's rights.

Anyway, I wouldn't take my family to an area that “reeked” of pot smoke. And if it is against the law, then I'd expect arrests.

23 posted on 04/25/2014 12:23:14 PM PDT by dhs12345
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No, just fourth graders ... I call BS. Medical maryjane has been around for a long time. And I mean medical as in tightly controlled, DEA scrutiny, the whole WOD thing. The Florida ballot initiative is just rehashed (NOI) Colorado BS because there already is medical marijuana in Florida via the pharmacy. The intent of the proposed law is to set ridiculously lax prescribing guidelines. I’m willing to bet the study did not differentiate between old rule prescribed mj and post-ballot initiative pervasive availability.


24 posted on 04/25/2014 12:35:54 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: Da Coyote

Since they’re talking about medical marijuana, in California it’s been almost 20 years, since 1996. Don’t know about other states.


25 posted on 04/25/2014 12:42:36 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Ken H
But fewer gun laws DO lead to more gun use.

The pretzels these stupid libs twist themselves into...

26 posted on 04/25/2014 1:05:14 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Ken H

Makes sense.....


27 posted on 04/25/2014 1:16:35 PM PDT by yoe (BHO changed the rules without Congressional input making Obamacare Null&Void...EO's arent law....)
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To: Ken H
From the Journal of Adolescent Health =>

The Impact of State Medical Marijuana Legislation on Adolescent Marijuana Use

15 April 2014.

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Results

The estimation sample was 11,703,100 students. Across years and states, past-month marijuana use was common (20.9%, 95% confidence interval 20.3–21.4). There were no statistically significant differences in marijuana use before and after policy change for any state pairing.

In the regression analysis, we did not find an overall increased probability of marijuana use related to the policy change (marginal probability .007, 95% confidence interval −.007, .02).

Conclusions

This study did not find increases in adolescent marijuana use related to legalization of medical marijuana.

http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(14)00107-4/abstract

28 posted on 04/25/2014 8:14:50 PM PDT by Ken H
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