Seven years after it became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana, Uruguay’s youth are no more likely to get high under the new law, according to a new study.
In an article to be published in next month’s edition of the International Journal of Drug Policy, the researchers offer what they describe as the “first empirical evidence on [the law’s] impacts on adolescent use of cannabis and related risks.”
The authors said they found “no evidence of an impact on cannabis use or the perceived risk of use” among adolescents in the country, as well as “an increase in student perception of cannabis availability” following legalization.
“Our findings provide some support for the thesis that Uruguay’s state regulatory approach to cannabis supply may minimize the impact of legalization on adolescent cannabis use,” the authors wrote in their conclusion. “At the same time, our study period represents a period of…