-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The legalization of
medical marijuana in some states has raised concerns that it will
increase the availability and appeal of the drug among youth, but
new research suggests no such link.
For the study, Rhode Island Hospital researchers examined
adolescent marijuana use in Rhode Island and Massachusetts between
1997 and 2009. Rhode Island legalized medical marijuana in
The investigators analyzed survey data from almost 33,000
students and found that marijuana use was common throughout the
study period, and a comparison of the two states revealed that
there were no statistically significant differences in marijuana
use in any given year.
"Our study did not find increases in adolescent marijuana use related to Rhode Island's 2006 legalization of medical marijuana; however, additional research may follow future trends as medical marijuana in Rhode Island and other states becomes more widely used," lead author and emergency medicine physician Dr. Esther Choo said in a news release from Lifespan, a health system in Rhode Island.
The study was scheduled for presentation Wednesday at the annual
meeting of the American Public Health Association, in Washington,
The data and conclusions of research presented at medical
meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a
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