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Medical marijuana use among US teens not rising

Washington: A new study has shown that use of medical marijuana among US teens has not increased. The results have left many surprised since young people are generally considered more open to drug use and alcohol use.

It seems that the easy availability of the drugs on the street has caused young people to lose interest.

The study was published on Monday in the scientific journal The Lancet Psychiatry. Study author Deborah Hasin, of Columbia University Medical Center, says, "Our findings provide the strongest evidence to date that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalizes medical marijuana."

For the study, the researchers examined more than a million teenagers aged 13 to 18 across 48 states between the years 1991 and 2014. The study showed that 21 states that passed medical marijuana legislation before 2014 did not see any significant difference before the laws went into effect compared with after the laws went into effect.

Though the study showed that teens are not particularly inclined towards marijuana, experts continue to warn that the easy availability of marijuana might improve drug rates overall.