Teen Arrests, Dropout and Overdose Rates Fell After Legalization

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on January 28, 2015 · 0 comments

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One of the most common reasons community leaders cite for harsh zoning laws that restrict growing or cooperative business is the idea that kids will get their hands on medical marijuana if it’s too easily accessible.


In reality, the numbers have shown that medical marijuana patients are mostly older individuals with a serious medical condition, and not kids using a doctor’s note just to get their hands on some Maui Wowie. To further support that idea, new research from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice says that two years after legalization in California, teen dropout rates improved, overdose rates were down, and teen arrests went down. The improvements occurred in California while other parts of the nation either improved at a less rate or not at all.


The researchers are not trying to say that legal weed is the reason for these improvements. Instead, they are using this research to show that the consequences the anti-legalization camp feared and predicted did not occur.

Regardless of the availability or legal status of medical marijuana, teen drug and alcohol abuse rates are falling, states that have legalized haven’t seen an increase in teen use, and states with medical marijuana laws have also shown improvements in deaths due to prescription painkiller overdoses.


The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.


Our mission is to provide the best legal representation and counsel to all clients. Every client and every case is important. Call us at 714-542-0500 for a free analysis of your case and/or charges, or contact us at SalCiullaLaw.com.


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