Legalization of marijuana has normalized cannabis use by 13-year olds, says a Department of Health report. Children considered it a natural relaxant from ordinary stresses like schoolwork or loneliness said federal research.

“By normalizing cannabis use and making it more accessible, aspects of legalization are considered to have contributed to inducing consumption among youth,” wrote researchers. “Youth report cannabis consumption begins as early as 13 or 14. Introduction to cannabis is typically positioned as harmless and enjoyable and considered a recreational activity.”

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