Regulation did not increase marijuana use in Uruguay

The regulation of the production and sale of cannabis in 2013 did not increase the use of this drug in Uruguay, according to a study by the National Drug Board (JND), under the Presidency.

The sixth national survey on drug use in households suggests that 9.3% of the population used marijuana in the last 12 months, compared to 8.3% in 2011, posted the smallest increase in 14 years.

Meanwhile, 6.3% of Uruguayans regular users of cannabis were reported.

According to the conclusions of the JND, "growth in consumption responds to the trend that began in 2001 indicating that the discussion on the regulation did not affect historical consumption patterns."

The study notes that the biggest jumps in consumption occurred in 2001-2006, when the percentage increased from 1.4% to 5.5%, and then to 2011 when it rose to 8.3%.

The survey was conducted between August and December 2014 in people between 15 and 65 years. The sample represents almost 60% of...

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