Cannabis vaping among youth higher in medical marijuana statesPosted by On

February 20, 2023

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High school seniors in states where cannabis is permitted for medical use only were more likely to report past-year cannabis vaping than those in states where it is prohibited or legalized for adult use, a recent study found.

“We were expecting medical and adult use states would be more similar,” Christian Maynard, a PhD student at Washington State University, said in a press release. “Instead, we didn’t find any statistical difference between prohibited and adult use states.”

Maynard and Jennifer Schwartz, PhD, a professor in the department of sociology at the same university, wrote in Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports that there is an increasing prevalence of vaping among adolescents. They cited Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey data, which showed an “absolute increase of 12 percent in lifetime prevalence of vaping cannabis for 12th-graders from 2017 to 2019.”

However, “additional studies are needed on whether legal…

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