Americans are increasingly consuming marijuana but also seeking treatment for problems caused by their use of the drug, according to a new report.
The World Drug Report was released Thursday against the backdrop of a country whose states are increasingly liberalizing legal access to marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes. The report suggests that as laws have relaxed toward the herb, more people have begun to use it — from 2008 to 2012, marijuana use among “people 12 years and older” increased almost 2 percentage points, from 10.3 to 12.1.
Washington State and Colorado recently legalized pot for recreational use, numerous states allow it for medical use, and residents in other states — New York,Alaska and Kentucky, among others — are working to legalize various forms of marijuana use, and legalization has become a staple in youth discourse and liberal politics.
The report cautions that the…
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