People in states where marijuana is legal eat more cookies and ice cream

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Here's something that is becoming a nice culmination of recreational marijuana: snack sales.

Sales of French fries, cookies and ice creams have increased in Colorado, Oregon and Washington while recreational marijuana has become legal in those states, according to a new study.

In particular, chip sales increased by 5.3%, while cookie sales rose by 4.1% and ice cream purchases increased by 3.1% in the aftermath of legalization. # 39; University of Connecticut and Georgia State University used monthly scanner data from 2006 to 2016.

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"The increase in sales begins when the legislation becomes effective," the results said, published in the Social Science Research Network. Later, the snack was slightly reduced for ice cream and chips, but not for the cookies, according to the results.

These could seem like small numbers. But they are also statistically significant and economically significant. "

-Michele Baggio, assistant professor of economics at the University of Connecticut

Colorado and Washington voters opted for the legalization of recreational use in 2012. Recreational use of Oregon became legal in 2015.

"These might seem like small numbers," said the assistant professor of economics at the University of Connecticut, Michele Baggio. "But they are statistically significant and also economically significant."

The study found that scientists have theories about neuroscience behind cannabis-induced cravings, but the internal mechanisms of the phenomenon are not yet known.

"A widespread metropolitan myth is that marijuana consumption is associated with so-called munchies, which is an irresistible need to consume large quantities of snacks or junk food, such as ice cream, cookies, sweets and the like," the researchers wrote.

The study could be focused on the three states west of the Mississippi River, but 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana from age 21 and up. Lawmakers from other states, such as New York, New Jersey and Florida, are also weighing up legalization. Meanwhile, over 20 states authorize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

It may bother you, but consumers may want to remember that snacks and fast food can pack up.

A widespread metropolitan myth is that marijuana consumption is associated with "munchies", an irresistible need to consume large quantities of snacks.

In fact, when researchers at Boston University examined current offers at national chains like McDonald's

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Wendy

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and Burger King

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and comparing them with the menus of the 80s, the calorie counts had increased considerably, they determined.

Calories are also rising as food chains and producers try to introduce healthier, plant-based options in the midst of the continuing obesity epidemic in America.

The study did not specify which brands had an increase in sales.

Giants of fast food products and snacks like Yum! Marche

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Frito-Lay

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and it was not possible to immediately reach McDonald & # 39; s for a comment. SNAC International, a trade association of the snack food industry, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tim McIntyre, spokesman for Domino

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At MarketWatch the company analyzes its sales "in myriad ways, but it still has to look at pizza sales in states with legalized marijuana compared to states where it's still illegal."

Baggio said that his future research laid the groundwork for a look at every link between recreational marijuana and obesity. Baggio said he was not pushing for or against legalization. "I'm only interested in seeing if there are unintended consequences on politics," he said.

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