How to keep marijuana out of the hands of children in California
Marijuana is not allowed in California, even though some people have a positive attitude toward it.
That’s the conclusion of a study from the University of California, Davis, that found children as young as 2 were using pot at a rate of 20 times the rate of adults.
The study, conducted by researchers from the UCLA School of Public Health, found that more than half of all kids aged 4 to 12 admitted to using pot, while more than one-quarter admitted to smoking it in the past year.
The researchers also found that, while the overall prevalence of marijuana use is higher than the overall population, the percentage of people using the drug was much lower.
Researchers found that the prevalence of the drug among children aged 12 to 16 was 0.13 percent, compared to a national rate of about 1.4 percent.
The overall rate of drug use among kids aged 12-17 was 0,3 percent.
The California Department of Public Safety reported last year that marijuana arrests were up to 20 percent higher than in 2012.
California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said he is concerned that marijuana is still legal under state law.
“I’ve asked the California Legislature to amend the California Constitution to ensure that any future laws that authorize or encourage marijuana use by minors are subject to the same stringent oversight as any other law that allows the possession, distribution, sale or cultivation of other illegal drugs,” Becerras spokesman Brian Elling said in a statement last year.
But other critics of California’s law, including some members of Congress, say it has no way of preventing children from using the plant, which is still considered a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a category that includes heroin and LSD.