Study: College Binge Drinking Down, Pot Use Up in Legalized States

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It
doesn’t
take
extensive
research
to
know
that
some
college
students
smoke
marijuana
and
drink
alcohol,
but
a
recently
published
study
shows
students
are
turning
to
the
plant
over
booze
in
states
where
weed
is
legal.

Conducted
by
Oregon
State
University,
the study concludes
that
states
where
marijuana
was
legalized
by
2018,
including
Colorado,
had
a
rise
in
occasional
and
frequent
pot
use
by
college
students,
who
were
18
percent
more
likely
to
have
used
marijuana
in
the
past
thirty
days
than
in
states
where
marijuana
is
still
illegal.

“Since
we
work
in
a
state
where
recreational
marijuana
is
legal,
we
saw
a
lot
of
changes
over
time
such
as
dispensaries
popping
up,”
says
OSU
doctoral
candidate
Zoe
Alley,
who
helped
lead
the
study.
“And
with
all
this
change,
we
were
curious
to
see
how
this
affects
college
students.”

According
to
Alley,
when
college
students
reach
legal
drinking
age,
they
tend
to
use
alcohol
more
than
any
other
substance.
But
in
states
where
marijuana
is
legal,
there’s
a
trend
of
turning
to
smoking
rather
than
drinking.

“The
barrier
to
access
of
alcohol
is
gone
once
you
turn
21,”
she
explains.
“People
who
would’ve
started
binge
drinking
once
turning
the
legal
age
start
using
marijuana
instead.”
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at
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