United Nations Says More Americans Using Cannabis

To the surprise of no one the United Nations reported that more Americans are enjoying the pleasures of cannabis. The perception of marijuana use has changed dramatically with more and more states decriminalizing the plant.

However, it is just not states like California, Washington and Colorado. Voters in Washington and Colorado in 2012 became the first in the United States to legalize recreational marijuana.

More people are seeking treatment for cannabis-related disorders in “most regions” of the world, said the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

“A perception of lower health risks has led to more consumption in North America,” the U.N. office of drugs and crime wrote in a report released Thursday. “We have an increase in harmful use of cannabis in the United States,” said Angela Me, a chief researcher of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

For youth and young adults “more permissive cannabis regulations correlate with decreases in the perceived risk of use”, which in turn may affect consumption, it said, citing research.

The UNODC said the number of people in the United States aged 12 or more who used cannabis at least once in the previous year rose to 12.1 percent in 2012 from 10.3 percent in 2008.

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