EUGENE, Ore. — Marijuana use by college students in Oregon has elevated because it was legalized in 2015, extra so than amongst college students in states the place pot stays unlawful, in accordance with an Oregon State University study.
Building on a smaller study launched final yr, OSU researchers stated college students at two giant universities in the state are reporting extra marijuana use since legalization. The improve consists of extra pot use by underage students. Researchers didn’t disclose the names of the two state faculties.
“What’s happening in Oregon might be relevant to other states that have legalized marijuana or are considering doing so,” stated David Kerr, the study’s lead writer and an affiliate professor at OSU.
The authorized age for marijuana use in Oregon is 21.
Around the nation, marijuana use is on the rise amongst college students, in accordance with the study, revealed this week in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. But the improve is greater in Oregon than in states the place pot isn’t authorized, in response to OSU. The new study depends on a bigger knowledge set than final yr’s study revealed in the journal Addiction.
“The results just seem to be more clear in that there were increases in the Oregon students,” Kerr stated.
OSU researchers in contrast college scholar marijuana use knowledge from the National College Health Assessment survey collected between 2008 and 2016. College students take the survey anonymously at universities and schools round the nation. The study targeted on responses from undergraduates age 18 to 26 at two giant public universities in Oregon and 123 faculties in states the place marijuana had not been legalized. None of the establishments was recognized in the study.
In all, researchers evaluated about 280,000 surveys for the new study, based on OSU, in comparison with slightly below 11,000 from the similar age group for the preliminary study. The earlier study solely had knowledge from one college in Oregon and in contrast it to 6 different faculties.
The new study indicated that, nationwide, marijuana use is extra widespread amongst students who’re white, male, dwelling off campus or underneath age 21.
Kerr stated the uptick in marijuana use by underage students “may be an unintended side effect of legalization.”
Harold Bae, co-author of the study and one other assistant professor at OSU, stated the newest study displays quick modifications in marijuana use simply after legalization.
“We recently received grant funding to examine longer term effects, including in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana,” he stated.