PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Parents can rest easy: Legalizing marijuana does not result in an increase in adolescent use of the drug, a new study shows.
The research, which analyzed data from states with and without medical marijuana laws from the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Survey between 1991-2011, found no significant increase in marijuana use related to changes in policy.READ MORE: Amazon Looking To Hire 3,900 Workers Throughout Delaware Valley Ahead Of Holiday Rush
Researchers say they looked at a sample of nearly 12 million students from across the country and found that almost 21% of them had used marijuana in the past month. However, scientists say they found no real difference in pre- and post-policy change use.READ MORE: Colin Powell's Death From COVID-19 Highlights Risks Millions Of Americans Still Face
The study is published in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.MORE NEWS: Man Killed, 16-Year-Old Student Shot In Head Near Lincoln High School, Philadelphia Police Say