Marijuana will be legal for medical reasons in Washington state in late 2010, making it the 14th state, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize the drug in certain circumstances. More than a dozen other states, including Arizona and South Dakota, will consider similar measures this year. California could become the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in November 2010.
California was the first state to approve the medical use of marijuana in 1996, but since then, a number of issues have arisen about who is qualified to access "medical marijuana" and how the drug is distributed. Hundreds of medical marijuana clinics in Los Angeles have been told to shut down unless they meet stricter guidelines for dispensing the drug.
Since these new laws have been passed, recreational marijuana use among teens has increased for the first time after decades of declining drug use. According to government studies, teenagers believe that since marijuana is a safe medical drug, it is also safe to use recreationally. However, some studies indicate marijuana can affect young people more adversely because the human brain is still developing until age 25 years old.
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