No evidence tougher policies deter adolescent cannabis use

ScienceDaily | 2/19/2019 | Staff
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The study, by Alex Stevens, Professor in Criminal Justice in Kent's School for Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, used data from the World Health Organisation's Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey. This survey asked over 100,000 teenagers in 38 countries, including the UK, USA, Russia, France, Germany and Canada, about their cannabis use.

Professor Stevens's analysis of the data found no association between a country having a more liberal policy on cannabis use and higher rates of teenage cannabis use. The analysis controlled for differences between the countries, including their national income, and between the teenagers, including their gender, their affluence and psychological problems.

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The new study was undertaken in response to a 2015 study that had concluded there was an association between policy liberalisation and a higher likelihood of adolescent cannabis use. This study...
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