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What happened in Washington state after voters legalized recreational marijuana

What happened in Washington state after voters legalized recreational marijuana

DECEMBER 29, 2016 | CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM

Conventional wisdom, based on results since marijuana was legalized three years ago in Colorado, is that availability of legal weed is having little or no effect on teen’s use of the drug.

However, a study of Washington high school students out Tuesday flies somewhat in the face of prevailing opinion. Examining marijuana use among students in the state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012, it finds that marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

The authors of the study, published in in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, suggest that reduced stigma about marijuana use is one factor leading to the results that they observed.

What happened in Washington state after voters legalized recreational marijuana





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