Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pot Less Available to Teens In Netherlands Than U.S.

By David Downs
Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 9:36 AM

In an article published earlier this week in the journal Addiction Robert J. MacCoun — a professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and the UC Berkeley School of Law — finds that teen pot use in Netherlands dropped from 1997 to 2005. He also found that "Dutch youth report high rates of availability of cannabis, but not as elevated as reported rates in the United States and several other countries."

So while the U.S. has spent one trillion dollars over forty years in a failed war on drugs we have more weed in our schools the Netherlands. That's a drug war fail.

According to the UC Berkeley newscenter, "For his study, MacCoun compared available data on the prevalence and patterns in the Netherlands of marijuana use, treatment for marijuana addiction, and the sanctioning and prices for marijuana, with similar data for Europe and the United States."

In addition, MacCoun found that:

- Dutch citizens use cannabis at more modest rates than many of their European neighbors.

- The Dutch “continuation” rate for using marijuana from a causal experimentation in youth to regular usage in adulthood (ages 15-34) is fairly modest by international standards

- Past-year cannabis use among Dutch 15-to-24-year-olds dropped from 14.3 to 11.4 percent between 1997 and 2005.

- In the United States, about half of those admitted for treatment for marijuana addiction happen through criminal justice referrals. In the Netherlands, such referrals account for closer to 10 percent.

- Dutch patterns of use are very typical for Europe, and that the ‘separation of markets’ may indeed have somewhat weakened the link between cannabis use and the use of cocaine or amphetamines.

Legalization initiatives are under way in Colorado, Washington and California.

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