Study Finds Teen Cocaine Use Is Lower In Areas Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal

A new study out Monday drawing upon data from 13 states from 1993-2009 directly contradicts the argument that medical marijuana increases drug use in teens. The study used data from the Youth Risky Behavior Survey, the data source most-cited by policy experts and lawmakers. The study, published by professors from Montana State University, the University of Oregon and the University of Colorado Denver, found that teen cocaine use is 1.9% lower in states where marijuana was legalized for medicinal purposes. The study also found that medical marijuana had no effect on teen marijuana use, further contradicting concerns about its potential negative effects.

Ben Sherman