Medical Marijuana Legalization Hasn't Led To Increased Teen Use, Study Finds

As a growing body of evidence continues to expose the medicinal benefits of marijuana, opponents of its legalization insist the drug can cause more harm than good. And while some points they make should be considered, such as the effects edibles have on children, one point they keep trying to drive home holds no weight: Despite what they might say, teen marijuana use does not increase with marijuana legalization. In fact, according to a new study, it might even drop.

“Our findings provide the strongest evidence to date that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalizes medical marijuana,” said Dr. Deborah Hasin, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, in a statement.