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Comment & Response
November 11, 2019

Challenging the Association of Marijuana Laws With Teen Marijuana Use

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, Lake Success
  • 2Center for Biobehavioral Health, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(1):98-99. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4250

To the Editor We read with great interest the Research Letter by Anderson et al1 investigating associations between marijuana laws and teen marijuana use. With many states considering passage of recreational marijuana laws (RML), it is important to understand the potential effects of these laws for adolescents. To evaluate this, Anderson et al1 analyzed adolescent marijuana use in states where RMLs have been passed and reported an 8% decrease in odds of teen marijuana use following passage of RMLs. However, we are concerned that a potential flaw in their methods may compromise the validity of these results.

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