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Legalizing marijuana for medical purposes does not increase consumption among young

Comparison of data from almost 33 000 students in states where medical use is legal or not showed no difference in consumption

 
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The legalization of marijuana for medical purposes does not contribute to increase consumption among young people, provides a study released on Wednesday (2) in the United States, where the drug is legal for this type of use in 14 states and Washington (DC ). The research, led by researcher Esther Choo, the Rhode Island Hospital, was presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

The legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in Rhode Island, which occurred in 2006, led to "concerns" about the increase of their "accessibility" for young people "more vulnerable to public messages about drug use and adverse consequences "said Choo.

To prove this claim is unfounded, the researchers analyzed data from 32,750 students in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, where marijuana is not legal, and found that there was "significant differences" in consumption.

Marijuana is an illegal substance at the federal level in the U.S., where their marketing is considered drug trafficking, and the country invests billions every year in its eradication within and outside its borders.

In 14 states and Washington is possible to buy marijuana on a regular basis to alleviate diseases ranging from cancer to MS, although this range, which includes stress and sleep problems, eventually turning it into a product more.

According to a Gallup poll released last month, half of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana.

While support for decriminalization of its use have increased since 2000, initiatives to try to legalize their sale generally did not prosper.

The failure was the most famous so-called Proposition 19 in California, which sought to decriminalize the cultivation, sale, possession and consumption of cannabis for over 21 years in this state, which ultimately rejected in a referendum held in November 2010 by 56% of voters.

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