Copy
View this email in your browser
Does legalization increase teen marijuana use?
 A case of dueling studies
 
A study published this week in JAMA Pediatrics contradicts one published last month in the American Journal of Public Health. Both studies used data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted every other year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
The newer study analyzed YRBS data from 1993 to 2017. It finds that the eleven states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use are associated with an 8 percent decrease in the odds of past-month adolescent marijuana use and a 9 percent decrease in the odds of frequent marijuana use (10 or more times in the past month).
 
These findings directly contradict last month’s study which finds a 10-fold increase in past-month adolescent marijuana use over roughly the same time. This researcher analyzed YRBS data from 1991 to 2017.
 
What are we to make of such a jarring contradiction?
 
Following the old adage “when in doubt, ask,” we’ve decided to write the authors of both studies and ask them to explain how their analyses of the same survey over nearly the same time could result in such different outcomes. We will publish their explanations in a future issue of The Marijuana Report as soon as we hear from them. Stay tuned.
 
Read JAMA Pediatrics article here. Read American Journal of Public Health abstract here.

 
JAMA Pediatrics Online

Special report: Teens and the new era of
powerful, legal marijuana
 
The Rosenthal Report is published monthly by Mitchell Rosenthal, MD, founder, now retired, of Phoenix House, a treatment and recovery center for substance use disorders that began in New York City and is now in several states.
 
Dr. Rosenthal visited with a dozen teenagers at Outreach, an adolescent treatment center in Long Island. “What the youngsters told us—about how they started using, the constant peer pressure they face, their progression to stronger drugs, and their struggles trying to stop—painted a disturbing portrait of a younger generation caught up in a new and dangerous level of substance abuse,” he writes.
 
Read what these kids told Dr. Rosenthal about their experience with marijuana in this brief report here. (Reprinted with permission.) To subscribe to The Rosenthal Report, call 929.244.9748.
Visit The Marijuana Report’s Facebook page
In addition to current issues of The Marijuana Report, we post several more marijuana messages each month on our Facebook page. Search Facebook for nationalfamilies to access it.

The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter published by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

Visit National Families in Action's website, The Marijuana Report.Org, to learn more about the marijuana story unfolding across the nation.

Subscribe to The Marijuana Report e-newsletter.


The Marijuana Report Staff
Executive Editor
Sue Rusche
Editor
Nicole Carter
IT Consultant
Lee Clontz
Social Media Coordinator
Margarita Eberline
 
We are grateful to our Board of Directors and Senior Adviser for their support of National Families in Action, which produces The Marijuana Report website and e-newsletter.
 
National Families in Action
Board of Directors

William F. Carter, Chairman of the Board
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Georgia Properties, Atlanta.

Sue Rusche, President and CEO, Atlanta.

Richard L. Brown, Secretary
Attorney (Ret.), Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Founder & Chairman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association 

Jeannine F. Adams, Director
President and CEO, J. Addams & Partners, Atlanta.

Jack L. Arbiser, MD, PhD, Director
Thomas J. Lawley Professor of Dermatology
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta

William H. Avery, Director
Partner (Ret.), Alston & Bird, LLP, Atlanta.

Margarita Eberline, Director
Strategy Director, 360 Marketing Plus, Atlanta.

Robert Margolis, PhD, Director
Founder, Caron Solutions Intensive Outpatient Program, Roswell, Georgia.

Shannon Murphy, MD FAAP, Director
Birmingham, Alabama 
 
Senior Adviser
Kent “Oz” Nelson, Chairman and CEO (Ret.)
United Parcel Service, Atlanta.
 
National Families National Families
National Families National Families
National Families National Families
The MJ Report The MJ Report
The MJ Report The MJ Report
The MJ Report The MJ Report
SAM SAM
SAM SAM
SAM SAM

Note: If someone forwarded this to you, please do not unsubscribe. Clicking the Unsubscribe button will end that person's subscription. Instead, please ask the person who forwarded this to you to take you off his or her forwarding list. Thank you!
Copyright © 2019 National Families in Action, All rights reserved.


unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences