In March, Nebraska’s Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts alleged: “If you legalize marijuana, you’re going to kill your kids.”

But actual studies of adult-use states keep showing no or little effect on teen use, and now—hospital admissions.

A November 2020 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found far fewer teens going to the hospital for pot as adult-use laws took effect nationwide.

The CDC report found “a precipitous national decline in adolescent treatment admissions, particularly in states legalizing recreational marijuana use,” states study author Jeremy Mennis, Ph.D.

“7 of 8 states with recreational legalization during the study period fall into the class with the steepest level of admissions decline.”


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