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Legalized Pot Tied to Rise in Young Men's Suicide Attempts


April 12, 2021

MONDAY, March 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- States that make marijuana a readily available retail item might see an increase in self-harm among younger men, a new study suggests.

Researchers found a correlation between U.S. states' shifting marijuana policies and rates of self-harm among men younger than 40. Those rates -- which include suicide attempts and non-suicidal behaviors like cutting -- increased in states that legalized, and in some cases "commercialized," recreational marijuana.

The findings cannot prove a cause-and-effect link, stressed senior researcher Keith Humphreys, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University.


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