Marijuana is the most common illicit substance used by teens (and yes, even in states where use is legal, it is still illegal for minors). We spend a good chunk of my clinic counseling teens about marijuana use. Here are some direct quotes that patients bring up in clinic on a regular basis:
It’s been a wild week. In some states, voting for leaders was not the only thing on the ballot last week. Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and California passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana. Arizona’s initiative to legalize recreational marijuana narrowly failed. Montana, North Dakota, Arkansas and Florida all voted to legalize medical marijuana. Dr. Allen wrote an excellent blog about medical marijuana last year, so now we’ll focus on recreational marijuana use.
In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Since that time, 22 additional states as well as Washington D.C. and Guam have passed various types of legislation that allow for some use and possession of marijuana. While the laws vary quite a bit in defining what marijuana can be used for and how it is regulated, there has been a definite trend toward making the use of marijuana more accessible, particularly for certain medical conditions.