Study: Living Near a Dispensary Does Not Increase Teen Marijuana Use

Teens who live near marijuana dispensaries are no more likely to become marijuana users, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research.

Researchers from Colorado State University, Pueblo compared two sets of data from 2013, before legalization took effect, and from 2015. They focused on seven communities, three of which opened recreational marijuana dispensaries in 2014. Then they asked high school respondents how many times they had used marijuana in the past 30 days and how easy it was for them to obtain marijuana, as well as their views on teen marijuana use and safety.

The study concludes that “permitting or not permitting recreational cannabis dispensaries in a community does not appear to change student cannabis use or perceptions towards cannabis.”

Read more about the findings at Marijuana Moment


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