Study: Teens getting more asthma in states with legalized pot, but Biden is planning to lift federal control on it


While the Biden Administration has threatened regulate out of existence home gas cooking stoves due, to a perceived link to childhood asthma, there’s another curious connection with the breathing condition that affects so many: States that have legalized cannabis are seeing more children’s asthma, according to a university study.

Researchers at the City University of New York examined data from the National Survey on Children’s Health from 2011 to 2019. They found a reduction in childhood asthma in 2011-2012 and 2018-2019, but predominantly in states with no cannabis legalization.

The rate of childhood asthma rose among teenagers, particularly among non-Hispanic youth in states with recreational legalization in 2018-2019, compared to 2011-2012. The increase was small, but statistically significant.

“The findings suggest that state-level cannabis policy may have an impacts on children’s respiratory health,” study author Renee Goodwin said.

“Exposure to secondhand smoke is a key risk factor for asthma among children. This study offers a critical first step in identifying a key children’s health concern emerging in the context of rapid, ongoing changes in cannabis policy that are unaccompanied by clinical or public health guidelines for parents,” said Goodwin, who is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said,

Read the study summary at this CUNY link.

Alaska has had legal recreational marijuana laws on and off since the 1970s, but in 2014, voters passed an initiative to allow commercial growth, manufacture, sales, and regulation of cannabis. A 2020 study by the Alaska Department of Health revealed that 86% of cannabis users in Alaska were smoking it, as opposed to using edibles or tinctures of the plant.

Before Alaska’s law went into effect in 2015, the CDC reported that 44,865 Alaskans were diagnosed with asthma, 8.1% of the population.

By 2020, CDC data showed over 48,000 Alaskans were diagnosed with asthma, nearly 8.9% of the population. That is close to a 1% increase in asthma, a statistic that mirrors what the CUNY study found in states where cannabis has been legalized.

Colorado legalized weed in 2014, the year it also reported an 8.4% asthma rate. By 2020, that rate had jumped to 9.6%.

Meanwhile, while the Biden Administration seeks to remove gas stoves from homes, it is also working on an initiative to legalize cannabis at the federal level.

In October, during an announcement about his pardon of all federal convictions relating to simple pot possession, President Biden said he is going to work on declassifying cannabis as a drug covered by the Controlled Substances Act: “Third, “I am asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General to initiate the administrative process to review expeditiously how marijuana is scheduled under federal law.  Federal law currently classifies marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the classification meant for the most dangerous substances.  This is the same schedule as for heroin and LSD, and even higher than the classification of fentanyl and methamphetamine – the drugs that are driving our overdose epidemic.”

There’s support from Congress that could make Biden’s plans more likely. In a letter to Biden in December, 2022, lawmakers — mostly Democrat — noted that 21 states had already decriminalized adult use of marijuana, and 37 states have medical marijuana licensing. Congressman Don Young, who died in March of 2022, was a leader in the movement to legalize pot and was a founding member of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, which has been a registered caucus of Congress since 2017.


  1. IMO the crux to this argument is “cannabis policy may have an impact.” I saw nothing to indicate that this cannabis policy was isolated from other asthma triggers.

    • Your funny Bill. You read news stories with links to dubious “studies” and you are ready to ban gas stoves and once you are informed that your propane fuel sources are considered gas, 6ou are ready to abandon them completely…without ever looking into these dubious “studies” for yourself. But now that it has to do with cannabis…well there’s no link. Question for you Bill, did you not see the link because you didn’t look or because you are an unapologetic hypocrite?

      • Steve, I think that you (and I) already know the answer to your rhetorical question to Bill. I have for literally decades noted not only the consistent self-righteousness and arrogance of diehard leftists, but their overweening hypocrisy as well. The cognitively dissonant, churning chaos that is a leftist’s mind is truly a fascinating, if disturbing, phenomenon to behold.
        To reiterate the more fundamental and relevant point, if leftists did not have double standards, they would have no standards at all.

        • Bill,
          Reading comprehension has failed you yet again, the link you fail to see between cannabis policy and asthma is right up there^.

          Here’s a hyperlink to the article containing the information you are unable to see with the link between cannabis policy and asthma ‘’ heheh!

          • How typical of you, Bill, and how revealing of you as well.
            You challenge Steve to provide a link, he provides it, and you then dismiss it as “gibberish”. WOW! You have just provided yet another example of your complete inability, AND unwillingness, to debate logically, honestly and intelligently.
            Really, do you feel no shame at all?

          • Steve-O:
            Bill called your comment bullchit.
            That means you have won.
            It is like getting called a racist by a leftist.

  2. Thank you Suzanne for this report. I voted for legalization of Pot in 2014, because I hoped that bringing pot out in the open and readily available would end the black market and enable enforcement of keeping it out of the hands of minors. Clearly I was wrong since it appears that between the regulations and taxes attached to the legalization of Pot by the government have made the product so expensive that the Black Market has flourished.
    Stupid Me!

  3. In this rare instance, Biden’s actually right. Legalization is coming, like it or not.

    Adults should be allowed to make these decisions themselves. Not the government playing nanny

    Better to control the landing than be squished by it.

  4. I think the asthma is being caused by masks, not pot. Democrat states forced children to choke on dangerous plastic masks for years on end.

  5. Other than banning international or interstate trade, the federal government has no right to regulate pot or any other drug.

  6. Government shouldn’t ban gas stoves or cannabis. We the people might think about banning government overreach, there’s just so much of it in all walks of life.

  7. Hopefully people will opt for clarity of thought and reducing all sorts of risks from the much more potent and dangerous illicit product available currently. Why bother.

  8. The government waged a 20 year war in Afghanistan guarding the poppy fields and fighting for their pharmaceutical industrial complex which now is killing more people than car crashes and cancer put together but oh … these are the bad seeds. Got it.
    The only thing I disagree with is that the filthy assembly gets their cut.
    Tax is theft. Change my mind.

  9. The Boxer Rebellion in China for the first six months of 1900 was also over British Crown’s interests in poppy fields and lucrative trade routes supplying oceanic opium dens from Shanghai to San Francisco.

  10. “While tremendous progress has been made in asthma management in concert with tobacco control over the past several decades, the possibility that increased adult cannabis use may pose new risks, requires more in-depth study,” Goodwin said.
    Note that “may pose new risks” and “requires more in-depth study” here. Does anyone think more money will be thrown at these more in-depth studies by Republicans opposed to any Federal legalization policy? Heheh!

  11. Nothing against dope but inhaling any kind of smoke isn’t good for people. But adults should be able to make that choice for themselves. You would hope most people don’t blow smoke in their kids face. But the socialists are more worried about my gas stove. Bull of course a stoned voter is easily manipulated.

    • Perhaps some may indeed decide to get their cannabis in other ways (edibles), as most understand “smoke isn’t good for people.” And second hand smoke has already proven to be an issue, relative to tobacco.
      I suspect that all adults aren’t participating but most understand that about second hand smoke Tucker. And is your bathroom breeding Bolsheviks here? What does this have to do with socialists??

  12. The causation correlation between legalization of cannabis and increased use by teenagers is flawed. The legal use of cannabis, cigarettes, alcohol or any other drug is, and never has been legal in any state for minors. This legality status has never prevented the use and experimentation by many or most teenagers of any particular “illicit” substance. Assuming on the basis of this one study, and assuming the study is accurate, and not flawed or conducted and manipulated for the purpose of furthering an agenda that teens have an elevated occurrence of asthma, other factors have not been ruled out. The lockdowns and forced use of masks on children on a nationwide basis has undoubtedly created massive health and mental conditions for our youth. Not to mention the full extent of the not fully understood multitude of health issues the “vaccines” are causing, besides the known blood clots, myocarditis and strokes. For generations the widespread use of tobacco at home and in vehicles should have caused elevated levels of asthma, as far more people smoked tobacco on a daily basis previously than people currently consuming cannabis.

    • Brian,
      Not to spoil a good rant, but from the article above “Researchers at the City University of New York examined data from the National Survey on Children’s Health from 2011 to 2019. They found a reduction in childhood asthma in 2011-2012 and 2018-2019, but predominantly in states with no cannabis legalization.” Covid-19 and lockdowns and vaccines and all the other nonsense you are ranting about happened after this information was collected.

      • the first states to legalize marijuana Colorado and Washington did not legalize until Nov. of 2012.
        I do not know how there could be a comparison to states with no legalization. Marijuana was not legal in any state from 2011 to 2012.

  13. Decriminalization was fine for those who chose to smoke. But like tobacco and alcohol, big government has found a new source of revenue. Plus a dumbed down population is easier to deal with. The feds want their cut as well. But what does the city do with the cash they collect as taxes when it is currently illegal to deposit it into a bank? Are they paying city employees or contractors in cash, or what would they like us to believe. An audit by a neutral party seems appropriate.

    • Right or wrong, the second the City/State takes possession of the taxes paid in cash, it ceases to be money derived from cannabis and turns into government tax dollars making it totally legal to deposit into a bank.

      it is a similar concept to the way that the feds want tax dollars on all income, legal or illegal, and why illegal drug dealers are often charged with tax evasion as well as their drug related crimes.

      The government wants their cut no matter how you acquired your money.

  14. Tyrants and dictators will try to ply the population with drugs and entertainment, all while trying to limit, or eliminate gun ownership.
    One is a way for the government to control the population,
    the other is a way for the population to control the government.

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