STUDY: Legalizing Marijuana Leads To Higher Rates Of Alcohol Use

Looks like people will be going from getting high to drinking a Miller High Life!
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 13: An participant smokes as activists demonstrating for the legalisation of marijuana march in the annual Hemp Parade (Hanfparade) on August 13, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. So far owning, cultivating and selling cannabis in Germany is still illegal, though the current coalition government campaigned on cannabis legalisation and is scheduled to begin debating corresponding legislation in coming months. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • In a study that encompassed 4.2 million people from all 50 states and lasted from 2010-2019, researchers found alcohol use rose in states that legalized marijuana.
  • Legalization of marijuana was “associated with significant increases in alcohol use that increased in magnitude over time,” the study found.
  • Legalization of marijuana was also correlated with an increase in fatal traffic accidents and a decline in the academic achievement of teenagers.

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