dglobalnews.com Assembly Committee Approves PTSD For NY Medical Marijuana Program
Published: Thu, April 27, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Assembly Committee Approves PTSD For NY Medical Marijuana Program

Assembly Committee Approves PTSD For NY Medical Marijuana Program

Study results indicate that overall, from 1991-1992 to 2012-2013, illicit cannabis use increased significantly more in states that passed medical marijuana laws than in other states (1.4 percentage point more), as did cannabis use disorders (0.7 percentage point more).

In addition, the percentage of people with "marijuana use disorders" - people who use the drug in unhealthy ways, or abuse it - has also increased at a higher rate in these states, according to the study.

These laws "seem to send a message that use of this drug is safe and acceptable in some way", said lead researcher Deborah Hasin of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Among these bills are measures that would allow people previously convicted of possessing under 1 ounce of marijuana to have their records vacated and sealed, prevent employers from discriminating against cannabis users, and allow for hemp growth and production in the state.

That's the basic conclusion of a study published today that has reignited the debate over whether marijuana laws encourage illegal use of cannabis.

The researchers said that in states that haven't legalized medical marijuana, the rate of illegal use among respondents rose from 4.5 percent to 6.7 percent during the time period.

The researchers analyzed responses to national surveys from almost 120,000 adults from 39 states.

Increased legalization of marijuana for medical purposes may be fueling illicit use of the drug, as well as increasing the number marijuana use disorders, according to the results of a new study.

Twenty-nine states now have medical marijuana laws, and eight states - Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington - have legalized both medical and recreational cannabis use.

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There are simply too many questions and variables surrounding the issue of medical marijuana for the state of Texas to consider such a law - at least for right now.

In particular, the biannual poll conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment showed that teen marijuana use fell dramatically in Colorado after the state opened its recreational marijuana market.

"The early fear with the passage of these laws was that they would increase use among adolescents, but the studies are quite consistent that this did not happen", she said.

Researchers have identified a greater increase in illicit marijuana use and disorders in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Medical marijuana laws vary from state to state, so applying national data could miss serious geographic differences.

The Colorado Board of Health, which oversees the state medical marijuana program, has not added any new qualifying conditions since the program began in 2001.

In an editorial accompanying the new study, Dr. Wilson Compton of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Maryland, and colleagues say policymakers need to understand which parts of medical marijuana laws are tied with positive and negative effects.

Compton compared these laws to laws that regulate alcohol in the states. Our role as an independent, fact-based news organization has never been clearer.

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