Statisticians from the McGill University economics department compared adolescent pot use in states where medical marijuana is available. Guess what? Teens in states with medical marijuana smoke less pot. That’s right, medical marijuana availability reduces teen recreational marijuana use.

The drop, while small, shows that there’s no significant correlation between the availability of medical marijuana to seriously ill patients and casual teen pot smoking. The social demographics of these two groups are too diverse to correlate behavior.

When teens begin to associate marijuana use with the dire illnesses medical marijuana patients suffer from, the allure of smoking pot vanishes.

As previously reported, the Maryland State Commission on Medical Marijuana is deadlocked on how to get marijuana to seriously ill patients.

The McGill economists show us that medical marijuana will not stimulate teenage marijuana use.


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