Marijuana legalization hasn’t made US teens more likely to use pot, federal agency says (VOX Media)

Updated By GERMAN LOPEZ | December 16, 2014


Teen marijuana use fell in 2014, new data shows, despite the beginning of legal pot sales in Colorado and Washington state.

The nationwide Monitoring the Future survey found past-year teen pot use dropped from 26 percent to 24 percent between 2013 and 2014 for eighth, 10th, and 12th grade students. But use rates were still much higher in 2014 than they were in the early 1990s.

The numbers aren’t specific to Colorado and Washington state. But the reported rates represent a slight downward shift in nationwide teen marijuana use after years of upward trends, even as teens report viewing marijuana as less risky compared to previous years.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) said the survey indicates that marijuana legalization for adults in some states didn’t lead to increased pot use among US teens.

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