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Doctors for Cannabis Regulation

Cannabis Prohibition Is Detrimental To Public Health

It is easier for adolescents to access cannabis in a criminalized environment

As predicted by those supporting cannabis regulation, adolescents have a more difficult time obtaining cannabis since the onset of cannabis legalization.

Since at least the mid-1970s, 80-90% of American 18-year-olds have reported that they have access to cannabis if they want it. In fact, the number of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders saying that cannabis was “easy” or “fairly” easy to get has steadily decreased since medical cannabis was first legalized in 1995 (see graph from Monitoring the Future). In 8th graders, the number of students endorsing easy access to get has decreased approximately 20% (from 65% to 45%) from 1995 to 2019.

Accessibility of cannabis for adolescents plot
Source: Monitoring the Future
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