Teen Marijuana Use Is Way Down
According to a new survey released by the federal government, teen marijuana use is the lowest it’s been in over 20 years.
According to a new survey released by the federal government, teen marijuana use is the lowest it’s been in over 20 years. Only 6.5 percent of kids between the ages of 12 and 17 reported having used marijuana in the past month, which is the lowest the rate has been since 1994.
The survey is put out by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and it shows marijuana use has slowly gone up over the past two decades for adults over the age of 18. Considering many states have legalized recreational and/or medical marijuana in the past 10 years, it would seem it’s had little effect on adult use and hasn’t caused teen use to rise at all. That’s the opposite of what many critics of legalization said would happen when states started to legalize, and they still say it today.
“Critics of legalization worry about the message being sent to youth by marijuana policy reform efforts, but the real message is that marijuana should only be used by responsible adults, and it seems to be sinking in,” Morgan Fox, a Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) spokesperson, said in a statement. “Regulating marijuana for adults reinforces that message and creates effective mechanisms for making it more difficult for teens to obtain marijuana.”
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