Pubdate: Sat, 27 Jun 2015
Source: Tampa Bay Times (FL)
Copyright: 2015 St. Petersburg Times
Author: John G. Chase
Page: A15


Re: Fact And Fiction On Medical Pot | June 22, Editorial

The referenced Lancet article concluded that while pot use is higher
in states that have legal pot as medicine, usage did not increase when
the medical marijuana law was enacted.

Corroboration is found in another statistic in the same database used
by researchers who wrote that article. In 15 of the last 16 years,
12th-graders have said that marijuana availability has decreased from
the year before. During that 16-year period, almost 20 states enacted
medical marijuana laws. These two facts, taken together, directly
contradict the Florida Sheriffs Association's assertion that enacting
medical marijuana laws makes pot easier for adolescents to get.

John G. Chase, Palm Harbor
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