The use of cannabis in the U.S. has been increasing rapidly over the last decade. However, you might be surprised to hear that it is not because of legalization. A recent study in the journal Addiction confirms that the growing number of state laws and pro-pot policies – that allow legal use of both medical and recreational marijuana – are not the reason behind increased usage.
“Marijuana policy liberalization over the past 20 years has certainly been associated with increased marijuana use; however, policy changes appear to have occurred in response to changing attitudes within states and to have effects on attitudes and behaviors more generally in the U.S,” the report says.
To arrive at this information, researchers from the Public Health Institute Alcohol Research Group analyzed data from National Alcohol Surveys. Following this research, the changes in marijuana use was compared with changes in state laws. Even though 29 states and Washington D.C. have either medical or recreational laws in place, the increases in use were “primarily explained by period effects.” These “period effects” refer to societal factors that affect populations across age and generational groups.
“It only makes sense,” says The New York Times. “Policy changes occur with changing tides, and the societal tide change in how we view marijuana as a culture has become a mainstream phenomenon.”
The findings of this study are being used to support the argument for continued legalization. Many hope that this assessment of the national temperature on the subject will encourage more acceptance and boost the marijuana industry. Operating within this industry is still incredibly challenging for those brave enough to battle the endless obstacles. For example, merchants are still unable to secure the payment processing they need to operate safely (many are forced to operate in cash).
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