Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Article examines the impact of marijuana legalization on whether high school seniors plan to use marijuana
From the International Journal of Drug Policy comes this article with the catchy title "Correlates of intentions to use cannabis among US high school seniors in the case of cannabis legalization." The article is behind a paywall and I haven't yet attempted to track it down through the library but the abstract indicates that high school seniors self-report that they would be slightly more likely to want to use marijuana if it were legal.
Here are the basics from the abstract:
This study examined intentions to use among US high school seniors if cannabis were to become legally available.
Ten percent of non-cannabis-using students reported intent to initiate use if legal and this would be consistent with a 5.6% absolute increase in lifetime prevalence of cannabis use in this age group from 45.6% (95% CI=44.6, 46.6) to 51.2% (95% CI=50.2, 52.2). Eighteen percent of lifetime users reported intent to use cannabis more often if it was legal. Odds for intention to use outcomes increased among groups already at high risk for use (e.g., males, whites, cigarette smokers) and odds were reduced when friends disapproved of use. However, large proportions of subgroups of students normally at low risk for use (e.g., non-cigarette-smokers, religious students, those with friends who disapprove of use) reported intention to use if legal. Recent use was also a risk factor for reporting intention to use as often or more often.