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Immediately after the end of the ban, birth rates and the use of contraceptives also increased

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David Yasvinski

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January 08, 2020 • • January 24, 2020 • • Read for 2 minutes “These results provide evidence that marijuana use has a significant, unintended and positive impact on birth rates.” Photo by PrinPrince / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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This resulted in a 4.3 percent increase in the likelihood of having sex “once or more in the last month” soon after government regulations went into effect, according to Merry Jane. This also led to the fact that births in these states increased by 2.0 percent compared to the national average and the use of contraceptives decreased.

“Our results suggest that behavioral factors can counteract the physiological changes from marijuana use that tend to decrease fertility.” / Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus Photo from iStock / Getty Images Plus

“These results provide evidence that marijuana use has a significant, unintended and positive impact on birth rates,” the researchers found. “Our results suggest that behavioral factors can counteract the physiological changes from marijuana use that tend to decrease fertility,” they added.

But it can also have a negative effect on the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

“There is also evidence of transient increases in gonorrhea rates during the state year,” researchers reported. “These changes can be attributed to behavioral responses, including increased awareness of the immediate hedonic effects of sexual contact, increased sexual frequency, and delayed discounting and ignoring the future costs associated with sex.”

The researchers also found no evidence that marijuana causes birth defects. “We didn’t,” said David Simon, PhD, an economics professor at the University of Connecticut and one of the study’s authors. “Other work found no effects of (medical marijuana laws) on infant health.”

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