Juvenile weed use in California elevated amongst low-risk teams after hashish legalization: Report

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Overall, cannabis use rose, possibly suggesting that local control over retail marijuana sales needs to be strengthened.

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Angela Stelmakowich

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February 17, 2021 • • 8 hours ago • • 3 minutes read “I was a little surprised that the prevalence of marijuana use among younger adolescents (7th grade) increased relatively more than in 9th and 11th grades.” /. Photo by SIMON HAYTER, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

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A new study from California suggests that teenagers in the state may be more likely to use cannabis after legalizing recreational herbs five years ago.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 3 million state students in the state’s 7th, 9th, and 11th grade who participated in the California Healthy Child Survey from Studies of Alcohol and Drugs from 2010-2011 through 2018-2019. Among other things, the young people gave information about the lifespan and cannabis consumption after 30 days.

Recreational marijuana (RML) legalization in California “was linked to an increase in marijuana use among teenagers in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019,” the abstract of the study said.

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In the 2017-2018 through 2018-2019 school years, a significant increase in the prevalence of both life-long and 30-day cannabis use was observed in almost all population groups, “possibly due to the national increase in the consumption of vaping products,” according to the magazine Statement indicates.

In the California study in particular, researchers saw an 18 percent increase in the likelihood of lifelong use and a 23 percent increase in use after 30 days.

The apparent increase “is surprising given the steady downward trend in marijuana use in the pre-legalization years,” says lead researcher Mallie Paschall, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

It was also surprising that “the general increase in populations with historically lower marijuana consumption rates was even more likely,” the journal said.

Palm trees and clear skies fill the picture in Coachella, California.  Two planes fly past in the distant background.  Summertime and life is simple. The California study showed an 18 percent increase in the likelihood of lifelong use and a 23 percent increase in cannabis use over the past 30 days. /. Photo from iStock / Getty Images Plus

“I was somewhat surprised to find that the prevalence of marijuana use among younger teens (7th grade) compared to 9th and 11th grades, women versus men, non-Hispanic versus Hispanic teens, and whites versus teens in other cases are relative Racial groups increased more ”, emphasizes Paschall.

The development is worrying. Although the study did not specifically address the issue, it suggests that higher use among low-risk groups “is due to legalization making marijuana use more normative, along with a relatively higher overall decline in marijuana use among adolescents with.” historically high risk groups during the study period. “

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Regarding participants who regularly use cannabis, the study shows that “the incidence of marijuana use increased more in the past 30 days among older adolescents, men, African American and Asian adolescents”.

Legalization can leave teens with more opportunities to get their hands on weeds, including food.

CP-Web.  A seller displays marijuana for sale during the 4-20 annual marijuana celebration in Vancouver, BC, on Friday, April 20, 2018. Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation / OCS is looking for a courier company that offers same-day delivery of pots.  THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck ORG XMIT: CPT106 Legalization can leave teens with more opportunities to get their hands on weeds, including food. /. Photo by the Canadian Press / Darryl Dyck

In this case, the study’s abstract suggests that “evidence-based prevention programs and greater local control of retail marijuana sales can help reduce the availability and use of marijuana among adolescents.”

A recent Australian study found that having unrestricted access to YouTube videos depicting vaping cannabis as fun can lead to increased use among teenagers. “Videos depicting risky behavior appear to be widespread,” suggested the study’s authors.

In addition, another US study found that greater exposure to weed advertisements on shop windows, billboards, retailer websites, and other places resulted in an increased likelihood of cannabis use among adolescents ages 13-17 in Washington state, where recreational herbs is legal for people aged 21 and over.

However, figures released by Statistics Canada in early 2020 suggest that legalizing recreational weed is dampening youth enthusiasm for weed consumption.

The statistics showed that cannabis use has increased in almost all age groups across the country since federal legalization got the go-ahead, while use between ages 15-17 increased from a little under 20 percent before legalization to just over 10 Percent decreased cents after legalization.

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