A favorite accusation from those who oppose cannabis legalization is that it will make marijuana more available to teens, and that teens getting more marijuana would lead to all kinds of catastrophes. Of course, as we know, legalization and regulation actually make cannabis less available to kids since drug dealers don’t check IDs and have no incentive not to sell to teens.
But let us discuss the subject of teen experimentation. Teens are going to experiment, we all know that. Many things they can experiment with can kill them, and have killed many. But marijuana will not kill them. They cannot overdose on it.
But could teen use lead to problems in the future? A new study says no, reporting that there is no link between teen cannabis use and increases in things like depression, anxiety, allergies, headaches or high blood pressure.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University studied data from something called The Pittsburgh Youth study, which tracked four groups of males in Pittsburgh public schools for more than 20 years.
The study is really the first of its kind in its ability to see data over such a long period of time. Over 400 youths were studied. Lead researcher Jordan Bechtold expected to find different results, calling the final outcome “a little surprising.”
In any case, no one really advocates that those under the age of 18 should be able to legally use cannabis unless it’s for medical purposes. The point is that cannabis is so much safer than most of the things that teens can experiment with. Those are the things parents should be worried about, not weed.
And if you are worried about teens getting marijuana, then support legalization and regulation and take marijuana out of the hands of the black market.