Study: Massachusetts High Schoolers No More Likely to Use Cannabis Post-Legalization

A study by University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers found that high school students are no more likely to use cannabis after legalization but were more likely to use cannabis if they perceived that their family or friends used cannabis themselves.  

In a statement, Faith English, a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and lead author of a paper published in a special issue of Clinical Therapeutics, said “It’s not news that youth are influenced by peers” but described the paper as “the first to look at these three particular roles within a person’s social network and then look at changes from pre- to post-legalization.”

“One of the million-dollar questions as cannabis policies are being implemented across the country is whether or not youth use increases after legalization. There’s a lot of concern that underage folks will start using cannabis with greater frequency. The brain isn’t done developing until about age 26, so the messaging really is to delay use until after that age.” — English in a press release 

The researchers analyzed two datasets collected by a local substance use coalition who surveyed students at two eastern Massachusetts high schools. After

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