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Legalizing medical marijuana hasn't increased teen pot use: Study

People having apprehensions about the legalization of medical marijuana, that it would result in drug abuse by the teens, can be satisfied by the positive findings of the first extensive study of the teen drug use in the U.S.

The study, which has been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, will certainly feature in the current debate over the legalization of marijuana for recreational uses.

The authors, led by Esther K. Choo, of Brown University have suggested that so far the legalization of marijuana for healthcare purposes has not resulted in the increase of teenage marijuana use, an outcome supported by an increasing number of literature.

The District of Columbia along with the 21 states now approves the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The researchers assessed marijuana use by the teenagers in states where medical marijuana is legal, before and after the sanctions, and evaluated the figures with the states where marijuana still remains prohibited, controlling for demographic aspects such as age, gender, and race that may affect the result.

The assessment utilized data with the help of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's, which is governed every other year by state and local kids in 9th through 12th grade.

Though, pot use is prevalent among the teens in the U.S, with one-third declaring they tried marijuana in the past, and a fifth saying they used the pot in the past month. The study has clarified that legalization of marijuana has not increased the use of pot by the teens in any state.