Over the past decade over 18 states and the territory of Washington D.C. have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. A recent study that The Journal of American Medical Association released claimed that with the legalization of recreational marijuana use among the 18 states have not seen an increase of users compared to before the legalization.
The study was conducted on a volunteer basis for individuals that freely told the organization about their marijuana usage and frequency. The study included individuals above the age of 12 and for both medical and recreational usage. The study was conducted yearly from 2008 through 2017 and the findings were “a total of 838,600 participants were included for analysis”.
Roughly half of the participants were women. The races of people included non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Asian.
Although many individuals that stand in opposition to legalizing marijuana usage, this study however showed no correlation that state wide enactments increase marijuana usage. Other studies are soon to follow as this Association is one of only a few who have done any analysis of national usage.
ARTICLE: JACOB KOVACS
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