Perception and Use Of Marijuana Change by Teens After Recreational Use Legalized

Perception and Use Of Marijuana Change by Teens After Recreational Use Legalized
According to an article in Medical News Today, marijuana use increased and the drug's perceived harmfulness decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington after marijuana was legalized for recreational use by adults. But there was no change among 12th-graders or among students in the three grades in Colorado after legalization for adults there, according to a new study published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Washington and Colorado became the first two states to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults in 2012, followed by handful of other states since. The potential effect of legalizing marijuana for recreational use has been a topic of considerable debate. According to research findings, no changes were seen in perceived harmfulness or marijuana use among Washington 12th-grades or students in the three grades in Colorado, for which researchers offer several explanations in their article.
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
384 Hits

Teen Use of Marijuana Increased in Washington – But Not Colorado – After Legalization

Teen Use of Marijuana Increased in Washington – But Not Colorado – After Legalization
Teen use of marijuana rose in Washington state after the drug was legalized for adults 21 and older, a new study finds. In Colorado, legalization had no impact on marijuana use by teens, CBS News reports. The findings come from a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. In Washington, since 2012, marijuana use among eighth graders has increased by 2 percent and among tenth graders by 4.1 percent. In Colorado there was no increase in marijuana use among teens. The conflicting results suggest a need for more research on the impact of marijuana legalization on teens, said study co-author Magdalena Cerda. “We know that early initiation of marijuana use–that is initiation at adolescence–is associated with a greater risk for marijuana dependence later on in life,” Cerda said.The researchers recommended investment in evidence-based adolescent substance use prevention programs in states that may legalize recreational marijuana use.
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
462 Hits

Teen Use of Marijuana Increased in Washington – But Not Colorado – After Legalization

Teen Use of Marijuana Increased in Washington – But Not Colorado – After Legalization
Teen use of marijuana rose in Washington state after the drug was legalized for adults 21 and older, a new study finds. In Colorado, legalization had no impact on marijuana use by teens, CBS News reports. The findings come from a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. In Washington, since 2012, marijuana use among eighth graders has increased by 2 percent and among tenth graders by 4.1 percent. In Colorado there was no increase in marijuana use among teens. The conflicting results suggest a need for more research on the impact of marijuana legalization on teens, said study co-author Magdalena Cerda. “We know that early initiation of marijuana use–that is initiation at adolescence–is associated with a greater risk for marijuana dependence later on in life,” Cerda said. The researchers recommended investment in evidence-based adolescent substance use prevention programs in states that may legalize recreational marijuana use.
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
378 Hits

'Baby boomers' Use of Recreational marijuana Rising

'Baby boomers' Use of Recreational marijuana Rising
There is a sweeping change in attitudes and perceptions towards marijuana use in the United States. The recent legalization of recreational marijuana (cannabis) use in California, Colorado, and Washington reflect this. Eight states have voted in favor of legal recreational marijuana and 26 states in total allow medicinal marijuana. There is a common misperception that widespread marijuana use is limited to younger generations. However, the Baby Boomer generation has reported higher rates of substance use than any preceding generation. To address this, Benjamin Han, MD, MPH, a geriatrician and health services researcher at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) and in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) and his team led a study, "Demographic Trends among Older Cannabis Users in the United States, 2006-2013." Published in Addiction, the study sought to determine the trends in the prevalence and patterns of...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
471 Hits

President Believes Marijuana Should Be Treated Like ‘Cigarettes or Alcohol’

President Believes Marijuana Should Be Treated Like ‘Cigarettes or Alcohol’
In recent interview in Rolling Stone magazine, President Obama said that marijuana use should be treated as a public-health issue similar to tobacco or alcohol and called the current patchwork of state and federal laws regarding the drug “untenable.” In the Rolling Stone interview published this week, Obama also reiterated his long-standing position that changing federal marijuana laws is not something the president can do unilaterally. “Typically how these classifications are changed are not done by presidential edict,” he said, “but are done either legislatively or through the DEA. As you might imagine, the DEA, whose job it is historically to enforce drug laws, is not always going to be on the cutting edge about these issues.” The Drug Enforcement Administration recently turned down a petition to lessen federal restrictions on marijuana, citing the drug's lack of “accepted medical use” and its “high potential for abuse.” Congress could resolve the conflict...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
705 Hits

Marijuana Use More Common in Western U.S., Report Finds

Marijuana Use More Common in Western U.S., Report Finds
Whether you smoke pot might depend on what part of the United States you live in, a new survey suggests. Marijuana use by Americans is highest in the West and lowest in the South, according to a federal government report that also examined people's beliefs about the risk of harms associated with the drug. Among people 12 and older, rates of marijuana use in the past month were close to 10 percent in the West and slightly over 6 percent in the South, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). People in the West were least likely (over 25 percent) to believe that monthly marijuana use poses significant risk, while people in the South were the most likely (over 32 percent) to believe it. Even among states, there were significant differences in marijuana use and whether people believed regular pot use was risky. For example, current...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
553 Hits