Medical Pot Laws Seen Boosting Non-Medical Cannabis Use

Posted April 27, 2017

The state does plan to add significant new limits before patients get permission to use marijuana to treat PTSD.

While the NDAA claims to support the "ongoing" research of medical marijuana and the increase of "research-grade" marijuana - the federally-grown marijuana that's contaminated with yeast, mold, and lead, according to a PBS report - they also make it clear that cultivating, distributing, selling, using, or possessing marijuana for medical purposes is in direct conflict of federal law.

Then, he said, officials could weigh the health benefits of medical marijuana to people like cancer patients who need the medication against the risks of increased use among the general population. The study concluded that "the most likely of several possible explanations for higher adolescent marijuana use and lower perceptions of risk in MML (medical marijuana law) states can not be determined".

The study was published April 26 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Hasin, Ph.D., of the Columbia University Medical Center, New York, and coauthors used data collected from 118,497 adults from three national surveys: the 1991-1992 National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey, the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions and the 2012-2013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions-III.

Legalization of marijuana for medical use and recreational use clearly sends a message to youth that marijuana is not risky and increases youth access to marijuana.

In states that allow medical marijuana use, the rate of illegal use increased from 5.6 percent to 9.2 percent. Cannabis use disorder increased 1 percentage point.

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Previous research that focused on adolescents' use of the drug in the wake of medical marijuana laws didn't find an increase in that age group, she said.

Last November, Nevada, along with California, Maine and MA, voted to join Colorado, Washington, Alaska and OR in legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Much attention has been paid to the effect on youth, and studies have not documented more teen use because of marijuana legalization.

Conservative Christian mothers of autistic children and veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder rallied outside the state Capitol Tuesday, entreating the Legislature to advance two bills legalizing medicinal cannabis.

The new study can't say medical marijuana laws caused the increases, but Hassin said it's possible adults interpreted the laws to mean marijuana is harmless. Sales in February were even more impressive, with the state generating $126 million in marijuana purchases compared to February 2016's $92.7 million.

Study limitations included self-reporting and less underreporting as cannabis became more socially acceptable, which could have influenced the observed increase.

Dr. Wilson Compton, the deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said the recent research was a "strong design to test the implications" of the new marijuana laws. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community.