A new study suggests youth attitudes are not directly affected by legalization of medical marijuana, according to a Forbes article on May 20, 2016.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, said young people who live in states where medical marijuana has been legalized probably already had liberal views about the drug.
“This raises the possibility that the progressive liberalization of marijuana control policies at the state level has culminated in a national debate that is influencing all young Americans regardless of the states they dwell in,” the study said. “Our analysis also suggests that more permissive attitudes may be drivers in the liberalization of state marijuana control policies.”
Lisa Schmidt of the University of California, San Francisco, the study’s author, told Forbes, “We need to understand better how legalization of marijuana for recreational use is impacting young people. We now have four states that have set up commercial markets in marijuana sales for people 21 and over, along with up to five more proposed for the November elections. These policies may send even stronger messages to kids, leading to more permissive views and direct impacts on kids living in legalization states.”