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Adam Maas, 26, with his family in Washington. Mom Mary, 57, describes her 'straight-A student' getting hooked on super-strength cannabis products and ending up delusional, jobless and sleeping rough in Seattle
Only 4 percent of Americans said they had tried marijuana in 1969. Nowadays, 48 percent have, according to a Gallup poll of more than 1,000 respondents in July
Another mom says she took her family out of Colorado once it became the 'ground zero' for cannabis expansion. Another, from Oregon, has watched her 16-year-old daughter mess up school and turn to dealing to finance her addiction.
The evidence suggests they are not isolated examples. Goodwin's Columbia University study last month found that cannabis use is 'much more common' in states that have legalized pot and warn of a 'potential explosion' of use among both adults and children.
It used data from hundreds of thousands of respondents aged 12 and above from the 2004–2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Teens who smoked cigarettes were much more likely to try cannabis, she found.
A separate Columbia study from May found that vaping was the most popular method for youths to use pot. The share of high-school seniors who vaped cannabis tripled from 5 to 14 percent from 2017 to 2019, researchers said.
University of California San Diego researchers in May found that cannabis use grew among those aged 12-20 in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine, which legalized recreational use.
The Weed World Candies truck in New York City, which has legalized recreational cannabis but not yet licensed dispensaries. Critics worry about products that appeal to teens, who could get hold of them via intermediaries
Researchers say cannabis-infused gummies in brightly colored cartoon packaging could appeal to youngsters and should face the same kinds of regulation as tobacco and alcohol. Children have accidentally taken gummies made by Faded Fruits and other brands, according to reports
Drug enforcement officers have in the past seized cannabis-laced products that mimic candy, often with pun names like Tri-Chrome Crunch, Keef Kat, Twixed, Budtella and Puff-A-Mint Pattie