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New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for US adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot.
One reason may be that it's harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark Anderson, a health economist at Montana State University.
Researchers - Youth - Health - Surveys - Questions
The researchers analyzed national youth health and behavior surveys from 1993 through 2017 that included questions about marijuana use, with responses from 1.4 million high school students included.
There was no change linked with medical marijuana legislation but odds of teen use declined almost 10 percent after recreational marijuana laws were enacted.
States - Marijuana - Laws - Use - Ages
Thirty-three states have passed medical marijuana laws and 11 have legalized recreational use - generally for ages 21 and up, many during the study years.
The researchers looked at overall changes nationwide, but not at individual states.
Study - Monday - JAMA - Pediatrics
The study was published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.
Previous research has found no effect on teen use from medical marijuana laws, and conflicting results from recreational marijuana laws....
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