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Schulenberg, O'Malley and colleagues analyze link between state legalization and pot use among teens

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"What happened in Washington state after voters legalized recreational marijuana" - Washington Post. 12/29/2016.

Did the prevalence of teen marijuana use change in Colorado and Washington following legalization of recreational marijuana use in these states? Using data from the Monitoring the Future study, John Schulenberg, Patrick O'Malley and colleagues find that post-legalization use did not change among teens in Colorado, but that it rose among 8th and 10th graders (but not 12th graders) in Washington. Their study also offers insight into the reasons for this difference: The perceived harmfulness of marijuana use decreased among teens in Washington but remained unchanged in Colorado.

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Fox News. Teens' view of pot changed in 1 state after legalization. 12/27/2016.

Denver Post. No change in Colorado teens’ marijuana use before and after legalization, study finds. 12/28/2016.

Science Daily. Did teen perception, use of marijuana change after recreational use legalized?. 12/29/2016.

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