The number of teenagers who have been legalized since using marijuana for recreational use 21 years ago in the state of Washington has dropped significantly six years ago, according to a new study published in the journal "Jama Pediatrics" ,
To investigate the impact of legalization on underage users, researchers analyzed data from the Washington Healthy Youth Surveys – an anonymous, school-based survey among 8th, 10th and 12th grade – from 2010 to 2012 and again between 2014 and 2012 2016. They compared this data with a nationally representative survey from Monitoring the Future to see if there are any differences with other countries without legalized marijuana. The main difference in use was observed in the 1
Meanwhile, a study published just a few days earlier found that marijuana use in Washington State is generally about twice as large as previously thought. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the US with an estimated 22 million consumers per month. Research suggests that about one in ten users becomes addicted. For those who start using it 18 years ago, this number jumps to 1: 6.
While marijuana has many scientific benefits for health when used for medical purposes, research has shown that the use of the Brain, while it is in the brain, is still undergoing significant development and growth. In teenage years, learning, emotional well-being, and health problems can arise. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry notes that side effects may have adverse effects on respiratory health and the underlying mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression and anxiety. (They also write that parents who suspect their children are using marijuana should look for new words and expressions such as "flash", "420", "speckle" and "smash".)
–  The results are promising. The researchers note that there is not enough evidence to determine the long-term effects of legalization on persons who consume marijuana under the age of 18.
", the co-author of the study, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, said in a statement," A variety of factors can affect adolescent behavior, and these factors probably affect behavior over time in different ways. "
The authors note that the link between legalization and the use of minors is "more complex." There is still much to be learned before reaching conclusions.
"It is too early to know what impact legalization will have of cannabis will have on the prevalence of its use by adolescents, "the authors wrote that future studies are needed