The downsides of drug abuse are so clear that one would imagine smarter folks would stay away from them. The research suggests otherwise.
- Numerous studies have confirmed the link between intelligence and substance abuse.
- However, the mechanism for this correlation has been difficult to pin down.
- Why would more intelligent people, who should ostensibly know better, practice such a risky habit?
A recent report compared the youth marijuana usage rates across the U.S. states, revealing some surprising differences.
- The report is based on the most recent data from the National Survey on Drugs Use and Mental Health.
- Overall, the share of younger Americans (17 and under) who have used marijuana in the past year declined slightly from 2016 to 2017, but some states showed increases.
- No studies indicate that marijuana legalization causes more teens to start using marijuana.
That's only counting revenues from taxes, fees, and licenses.
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- Colorado's Department of Revenue announced last week that the recreational marijuana industry has generated more than $1 billion in revenues from a total of $6.56 billion in sales.
- Legalization remains a controversial issue in Colorado, where only 55% of residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012.
- Ten U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, with Illinois set to legalize it in 2020.
Couples who use marijuana experience greater intimacy.
- New studies suggest positive benefits of marijuana use by couples.
- Whether one or both use it, relationship intimacy can improve.
- Previous studies found that marijuana boosts sex lives.
"Prohibitionist strategy is unsustainable," reads the policy plan.
- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has long called for reformations to the nation's drug laws.
- The five-year policy plan calls for prescribing treatment programs instead of punishments to drug users.
- It's unclear what effects the laws would have on Mexican cartels, which make the bulk of their money selling drugs in the U.S.