Access Leads To More Kids Smoking Pot
One state that has legalized first medical marijuana, and now recreational marijuana, are dealing with a disturbing fact involving kids and marijuana dispensaries. Kids who live near medical marijuana dispensaries smoke more weed than those who do not live near them reports the LA Times via a study from the Rand Corporation.
The study found that young people maybe more inclined to use pot based on the number of outlets that open once marijuana has been used for medical purposes.
The State of Idaho continues to buck the current national trend of legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana. The state legislature failed to pass legislation legalizing Hemp during last year's session. Governor Little has stated publicly that he's against legalization.
Currently 33 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. California was the first back in 1996. There are nine states that have legalized recreational marijuana, according to the article. Recently Colorado announced that the state has made over 1 billion dollars from marijuana sales.
The study stated that young people who smoke weed could suffer from its negative side effects such as dropping out of school, car crashes, relationship issues and both mental and physical problems.
The study studied young adults in the Los Angeles area between the ages of 18 to 22. It continued to state that the more frequent a person saw a sign the more they believed in the positive effects of using marijuana. You can read the entire study here.