Number Of Marijuana Dispensaries Correlated With Abuse, Study Finds

Noting that medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996, the Pittsburgh Business Times (8/11, Mamula) “Morning Edition” blog reports that a study at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found that “the number of marijuana dispensaries in a given area of California was a predictor of marijuana-related hospitalizations, abuse and dependence on the drug.” According to the article, “The study found that hospitalizations with marijuana abuse or dependence codes increased to 68,408 in 2012 from 17,469 in 2001, with more than 85 percent of marijuana-related hospitalizations coded as abuse rather than dependence.” The findings were published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence and the project was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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— “Pitt study: Marijuana dispensaries related to abuse, dependence,” Kris B. Mamula, Pittsburgh Business Times, August 10, 2015.

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