The legalization of cannabis has not exactly had the same impact that many against the drug had warned us of. There was much concern over both behavioral and psychological issues that would arrive following the legalization of marijuana, but they simply have not. Despite what those against marijuana have predicted, the increase in marijuana-related issues have not been proportional to the increase in marijuana smokers. In a new article, Forbes made it clear that “people prone to excess are less likely to be deterred by prohibition than people with more moderate habits.”

If that is the case, then difficult users would then be a smaller part of marijuana consumers following legalization than they did previously, which would mean that cannabis’s benefit-to-cost ratio has improved, Forbes highlighted. Another study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, shows evidence that while the number of users who smoke marijuana increase, the percentage of those who experience grave issues related to marijuana will decrease.

“With few exceptions, increases in the prevalence of marijuana use disorder between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013 were also statistically significant (P < .05) across demographic subgroups. However, the prevalence of marijuana use disorder among marijuana users decreased significantly from 2001-2002 (35.6%; SE, 1.37) to 2012-2013 (30.6%; SE, 1.04),” the JAMA study reported.

However, regardless of these reports, most news stations would rather make their own stories using their own thought process.

“Marijuana use has more than doubled in the U.S. since the beginning of the century,” NBC News stated, “but so have problems for users.”

Another news agency, Reuters, did something similar while Newsweek stated that marijuana users have double in the last ten years and that marijuana disorders are the biggest they’ve ever been. These reports bring the wrong image and get rid of the good news that scientific reports such as that of JAMA have to report. One outcome that is a sure fact there is now 30 million Americans that smoke marijuana according to a new survey by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

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