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America's $30bn legalized cannabis industry is causing 'explosion' of teen users and a mental health timebomb: Candy-themed products sold with minimal oversight

Legalizing pot leads to greater use among teens and young adults, upping the chances of

  • Evidence from states that legalized cannabis this past decade shows a worrying rise in under-aged users
  • One study exposed a 'potential explosion' in adolescent use, another saw the number of cannabis-vaping teens triple over two years
  • Parents told DailyMail.com of their 'straight-A student' kids failing at school after experimenting with pot 
  • Super-strong cannabis in vapes, dabs, lollipops and sodas are marketed at youngsters, critics say
  • States need to regulate the $30billion trade to protect addiction-prone youth, say researchers
  • Advocates say cannabis can help sufferers of chronic pain and trauma and can net millions for state coffers
  • Voters in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Oklahoma, will decide on their state cannabis rules in November 
  • Has cannabis affected your family? 
  • 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

    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

    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.

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    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

    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

    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

    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

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Wait until white teens start getting crazy hooked. They need to set an age rule, and prosecute anyone who sell it to teenagers. No one under 21 can buy or smoke pot.

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