There has been an ongoing debate that legalization of Marijuana in the United Stated has led to increase access and use of the drug by the youth. However a recent report stated that there was a higher rate of Marijuana usage among the youth before the laws were enacted and in stated where the drug was illegal.
The study was carried out of more than 1 million Americans adolescents including those from New Jersey. It was extended to 20 other states that have laws that allow the use of medicinal marijuana by seriously ill and injured people to minimize muscle pain and seizure as well as boosting their appetite. But, the study did not state anything about the consequence of legalizing recreational use.
The debate on legalization of medical marijuana is being viewed from two perspectives that that are of serious concerns. The study also suggests that relaxing marijuana restrictions could give the intended message to the young people. This is because it would become more available hence those who can sustain a daily habit use could be face with a later date cognitive difficulties.
A previous research suggested that there was evidence of increased usage among adolescents and others. Dr. Kevin Hill, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard says that there is an ongoing war over marijuana with a lot of spinning of data. However, Hill who is also the director of the substance abuse consultation service at McLean Hospital says that there is need to have a scientifically laborious study that will guide policy even into the future.
There has been drastic variation of medical marijuana laws across the US. The majority of these laws have taken ages to be implemented. About this, Kevin Sabet a former president of the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, says that these laws ought to be applied which will help in the identification of their longer term effects.