CDC Suggests Cannabis Legalization Reduced Underage Access

January 26, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Teenage cannabis use in the Seattle, Washington area has dropped significantly since 2008, according to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the state’s 2012 cannabis legalization policy likely played a role.

The report, first outlined by the cannabis advocacy group NORML, noted that the observed decreases in cannabis use among eighth-, tenth-, and twelfth-grade students “might be associated with changes in the availability of cannabis among persons aged ≥21 years as well as limited opportunities to engage in use.”

Links between the legalization of adult-use cannabis and reductions in youth cannabis use have been made in multiple previous studies:

  • Canadian researchers found in 2020 that teenage cannabis use dropped 50% following the federal legalization of cannabis in Canada.
  • One year previously, researchers noted in a study published by JAMA Pediatrics an 8% decline in the number of high schoolers who had used cannabis within the last month. (Full Story)
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