Teen Marijuana Use Down Since Legal Sales
Results of recent surveys suggest that marijuana use among Colorado middle and high school students has declined since the start of legal cannabis sales
The results are from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The report covered the 2015-2016 time period. In the results, 9% percent of Colorado youths, ages 12 to 17, reported using marijuana. During the 2014-2015 period, just over 11% percent of kids that age reported using marijuana. The survey said too that the decline is significant enough to be considered reliable data.
Another survey polled about 2,000 Coloradans of all ages. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, which the state publishes every other year, surveyed about 17,000 teens for its most recent report. That report too, released in 2016, found that teen marijuana use had not increased since legalization.More info on the topic is coming soon as the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey releases it's the latest data next spring.
This news should come as a relief to many who feared the opposite would take place with legal recreational and medical marijuana sales.
Credit: The Cannabist