Teens' view of pot changed in one state after legalization

FILE PHOTO: Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market in Los AngelesBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – After marijuana was legalized for adults in the U.S. state of Washington, younger teens there perceived it to be less harmful and reported using it more, a new study found. "Across the country there has been a decreased perception of risk and an increase in marijuana use among adolescents," said lead author Magdalena Cerda, of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento. Chronic use of marijuana may be tied to negative outcomes, such as psychosis and poor financial status.

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