Study finds cannabis use among teens can lead to drug dependence, abuse

By year three, 20% developed a substance abuse disorder, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse researchers

Much of the holdup to finalizing New Jersey’s legal marijuana laws centered on ensuring minors weren’t being pulled into the adult-use market. A new national study finds good reason for the concern; it shows that adolescents and teens who try marijuana are more likely to have become dependent on it just one year later.

Dr. Jennifer Chuang, a pediatrician at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, says doctors need to start screening teens, not just adults, for marijuana use.

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