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Study: Washington parents have information gap around marijuana law

April 6, 2015
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A federally financed study indicates that parents of school-age children in one of the states where recreational marijuana use has been legalized lack specific knowledge of what the law allows and doesn't allow.

The study was conducted with parents of 11th-graders in Washington state in the summer of 2013, less than a year after voters approved a legalization initiative. The group of 115 low-income parents reported occasional discussion of the law with their children, though the conversations focused mainly on household rules about drug use.

The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and published online in February in the journal Substance Use and Misuse, found that many parents and youths were unaware of the Washington law's legal age limit and restrictions on possession amounts, among other details.

The study abstract states, “Results suggest that there should be a public health campaign focused on families that provides clear information about the recreational marijuana laws.”