Teenagers are less likely to use cannabis in places where the drug has been legalised, a new study suggests.
Instead they prefer crack or crystal meth.
33 US states have legalised medical cannabis while 11 states have also legalised the drug recreational use with figures suggesting a 10% reduction in youths smoking it in those states where it has been legalised.
With cannabis available in high school tuck shops in those states, it seems some young people have turned elsewhere to get their hit of illicit drugs. Teachers now only approach Smoker’s Corner in pairs and with special boxes to collect discard needles.
Report author, Dr Anderson, said that researchers saw no change after medical cannabis was legalised – only when the drug was legalised for recreational purposes.
Speaking to the US Council for Stating the Bleeding Obvious, Dr Anderson said the findings suggest some young people will always crave things they’re not allowed to have – a condition he called Being a Teenager.
We spoke to Chuck Chesterton, a small-time drug dealer in California, who told us, ‘It’s great. As an entrepreneur I’m always looking for new ways to increase profits. And the state encouraging our most prolific customers to go for the more expensive stuff has done wonders for my margins. The best thing about crack and crystal meth is that their addictive element means punters just keep coming back for more. It’s a similar model to that used by Apple and Starbucks. Profits soar – and I still don’t have to pay tax. Like Apple and Starbucks.