Legalising marijuana increases its use and boosts cases of deadly cannabis poisoning, report finds

Legalising marijuana increases its use, new research reveals.

In Colorado and Washington, the first US states to legalise the drug for recreational purposes, its use has remained consistently high among teenagers but increased substantially in those aged over 25, a study found.

While in Uruguay, which was the first country to legalise cannabis nationwide, ‘all indicators of use have risen’, the research adds.

In the US, legalisations have significantly increased the number of life-threatening cannabis poisoning cases and have done nothing to ease drug trafficking, the study found.

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