New research suggests legalizing marijuana doesn’t make kids abuse the substance or move on to other drugs, Business Insider reports. D. Mark Anderson at Montana State University led the study. According to data from Monitoring The Future, which was cited in the study, marijuana use increased sharply nationwide after 2005. Opponents said this was because of the legalization of medical marijuana in states like California. However, when researchers analyzed information on patients who tested positive for marijuana, the data showed that teens didn’t abuse marijuana more after it was legalized in their home states. For example, teen marijuana use in California, where it’s legal, didn’t spike higher than in Ohio, where it’s not. Marijuana has provided an alternative relief to many patients HIV/AIDS symptoms.
Nationwide, marijuana use is rising and the use of methamphetamines and cocaine is declining. About 17.4 million Americans said they used marijuana in 2010, which is up from 14.4 million people in 2007. An increase in pot smoking is especially prominent in states that allow medical marijuana. Current meth and cocaine use fell by about half between 2006 and 2010. Click here for more.
Arkansas for Compassionate Care (ACC) is seeking statewide support for a proposed voter initiative that would legalize marijuana for medical use. The proposal would make it legal for people who are sick and in pain or dying to use and grow marijuana if they have a prescription to do so. ACC has until July 6, 2012, to collect 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify the proposal for the November 2012 general election ballot.