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New Study Says Marijuana Legalization Leads to More Babies

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When people talk about the benefits of legalizing marijuana, they usually talk about things such as tax revenue or preventing people from going to jail for a victimless crime. But now we know of a new benefit that may help sway some people to support the cause, and it involves babies.

A new study found that states with legalized medical marijuana also have higher birthrates. According to the study, legalizing medical marijuana led to an increase of about four births per quarter for every 10,000 women. So if your state legalizes marijuana, you’ll probably have more babies being born as well.

Now you probably would assume that the reason for more babies is because people are having more sex thanks to marijuana. And while previous studies have shown that marijuana users do tend to have more sex than non-users, that wasn’t the reason this new study said birthrates increased. Instead, the researchers said that people who use marijuana tend to engage in riskier sex practices, such as not using condoms or other forms of contraception while having sex. So more babies are being born because marijuana users aren’t taking steps to prevent them from being born.

This is actually not the first time that marijuana use has been linked to not using contraception. A previous study found that people who used marijuana shortly before having sex were less likely to use condoms, although that study said that this effect was mostly only seen in teenagers than in adults. But this new study seems to suggest that marijuana users of all ages are engaging in riskier sex practices, or at least the types of people who use marijuana are also the types of people who forego contraception. 

So next time you go to the grocery store to prepare for your next smoking session, make sure to add condoms to your list along with Doritos.

(h/​t The Verge)

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