Advocates for legalizing pot in Maine tout study showing no spike in teen use …

June 19th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

LEWISTON, Maine — Supporters of legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Maine said Wednesday that recent reports show teen pot-smoking wouldn’t increase with legalization.

A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health looked at the impact of marijuana use by teenagers in states that had enacted medical marijuana laws and compared them to nearby states that had not. The study, which considered 20 years of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on about 11 million teens, found no increase in youth marijuana use.

The other report, the results of a CDC National Youth Risk Behavior Survey that included annual data from 1991 to 2013, shows that the percentage of teens who say they regularly use marijuana rose from 14 percent to 23 percent.

The data sets show regular marijuana use by teens is down slightly, about 2 percent since 1995, when about 25 percent of youths said they used marijuana at least once during the 30 days prior to the survey.

But the statistics, released earlier this month, also show that the use of harder drugs by teens, including hallucinogenic drugs and methamphetamines, had decreased slightly.

The survey also shows steady decreases in the number of teens who regularly use tobacco and alcohol. The survey showed regular alcohol use by teens was down from about 51 percent in 1991 to about 35 percent in 2013.

The number of teens who smoked cigarettes regularly (20 or more days in a 30-day period) was also down from

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