Recreational marijuana legalization: Do more youth use or do youth use more?

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What impact may legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon have on teen marijuana use? Recent results from an Oregon Research Institute (ORI) study indicate that the influence of legalization on youth may depend on whether they were already using at the time of legalization. Following legalization of recreational marijuana, no significant changes in the numbers of youth who used marijuana occurred, yet increases in the frequency of use by youth who were already using marijuana were found. For teenagers who had tried marijuana by 8th grade, the frequency of use during the following year increased 26% more for those who were in 9th grade after marijuana was legalized compared to those who were in 9th grade prior to legalization. The research results are published online in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Source: Science Daily and Oregon Research Institute
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57 Percent of U.S. Adults Say They Support Legalizing Marijuana

57 Percent of U.S. Adults Say They Support Legalizing Marijuana
A new study by the Pew Research Center finds 57 percent of U.S. adults say they support legalizing marijuana. A decade ago, only 32 percent of adults said they favored legalization. The study found 66 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of Republicans favor legalization, Reuters reports. Adults ages 18 to 35 are more than twice as likely to support legalization of marijuana as they were in 2006 (71 percent today, up from 34 percent in 2006). They are significantly more likely to support legalization than older adults. On November 8, five states—Massachusetts, Maine, California, Arizona and Nevada—will vote on whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
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Two Pieces of Bad News about Pot Legalization

Two Pieces of Bad News about Pot Legalization
Rates of Marijuana Poisoning Skyrocket Among Colorado Kids & Stoned Driving Increases in Washington Since "Retail Legalization" Two significant studies released showed continuing problems of legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington State. The first study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , found that marijuana poisoning cases among children in Colorado has been rising an average of 34 percent per year -- almost double the average 19 percent annual increase in the rest of the United States. The second study, conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, found a statistically significant increase in daytime stoned driving in Washington State since its implementation of legal retail marijuana sales in 2014. With respect to the Colorado study, about half of the cases of child marijuana poisoning involved edible pot products. The average stay at the hospital was 11 hours. Moreover, the researchers concluded that, "Almost half of the...
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