#316 Medical Marijuana Does Not Increase Teen Use

Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005
Subject: #316 Medical Marijuana Does Not Increase Teen Use


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DrugSense FOCUS Alert #316 – Saturday, 10 Sep 2005

The Wed, Sep 7 edition of the Los Angeles Times carried some great
news. An almost decade-old Prohibitionist bogeyman – “Allowing adults
legal access to medical marijuana will cause teenage use of pot to
skyrocket” – has been demonstrated as just so much claptrap.

The study is based on data from national and state surveys, which show
a drop in marijuana use by teens.

Although debate over medical marijuana is often shaded by concerns
about increasing drug abuse among young people, the report suggested
the opposite has been true.

The study’s authors were Mitch Earleywine, a State University of New
York psychology professor, and Karen O’Keefe, a legislative analyst
with Marijuana Policy Project, the organization that commissioned the
research based on state and federal data.

That data “strongly suggests” that approval of medical marijuana has
not increased recreational use of cannabis among adolescents,
Earleywine and O’Keefe concluded. And the decline in many of the
states with medical marijuana laws is “slightly more favorable” than
trends nationwide, they said.

The MPP study is on line here:


Please consider contacting your local and state newspapers and asking
them to carry this important story.

Many newspapers have picked up the short news blurb, via the
Associated Press, which announced the overall national drop in teenage
marijuana use. But they’re not likely to carry the related and
frankly more important story about this study, unless their local
readers ask them to do so.


The LA Times article by Eric Bailey can be seen here:

US: Pot Use Down Where Medical Use OK

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1446/a06.html


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information, go to http://www.mapinc.org/media.htm, use the dropdown
menu to select your state and then select CONTACT.

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