Teen Marijuana Use Falls as More States Legalize
As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, the number of teenagers who use cannabis continues to fall, according to the Monitoring the Future study conducted by the University of Michigan and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. The survey of 40,000 teenagers in grades 8, 10 and 12 found that marijuana use fell in all three cohorts.
Opponents often site the danger to teenagers as an argument against legalization. Legal marijuana, the argument goes, will make it more accessible to teens, who will smoke more. The results of the MTF survey, conducted during the run-up to this year’s election, indicate that this is not necessarily true. This data helps remove one more obstruction on the road to legalization.
At Pure Green, we understand the concern about kids and cannabis. We follow all laws, rules and regulations around providing cannabis to minors. We also believe that a regulated market will make teens safer. After all, drug dealers don’t check IDs.
To read the Washington Post’s coverage of the survey, click the link below: