The research, which was done by researchers at the University of California in San Diego and published in the Addictive Behavior journal, looked at the marijuana use behavior of 563 young adults aged 18 to 24.
Every one of the respondents lived in California during the years leading up to the legalization of marijuana, and their usage habits were tracked quarterly for three years.
The research concluded no increase in usage as a result of the substance’s legalization. According to the researchers, a piece-wise multilevel regression model revealed that cannabis use prevalence did not alter over time, including after legalization.
The legalization of recreational marijuana purchases had a minor influence on days of use among younger people, according to the results, but it may have piqued the attention of some, notably females and e-cigarette users.
The researchers confessed that they had hoped for different outcomes. Opposite to our predictions, cannabis usage did not increase dramatically following legalization and remained consistent over 3 years. Meanwhile, some recent research has found that regulating items helps to ensure that users have access to secure and authorized items.
According to research published in JAMA Network Open in 2020, EVALI is less likely in US areas where cannabis products are permitted. According to Dr. Alex Hollingsworth, assistant professor at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and co-author of the JAMA Network Open study, “our findings suggest that those in recreational cannabis states may be less likely to buy unauthorized cannabis products on the underground market.”