Marijuana Use In America On The Rise As Perception Of Health Risks Begins To Fall

June 26, 2014 2:58 PM

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Marijuana Use In America On The Rise As Perception Of Health Risks Begins To Fall

While it is too early to understand the impact of marijuana legalization in the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado as well as the South American country of Uruguay, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that more Americans are throwing caution to the wind when it comes to cannabis use. Data presented in the 2014 World Drug Report has revealed that more people in the U.S. are smoking marijuana because their perception of possible health risks has declined.

“Globally, cannabis use seems to be down but a perception of lower health risks has led to more consumption in North America,” the UNODC said in a statement. “Although it is too early to understand the effects of new regulatory frameworks making the recreational use of cannabis legal in some states...

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