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Teen cannabis use has dropped significantly in States with legal weed, finds Federal study

Opponents of cannabis reform always claim that legalization will increase teen use of marijuana, but statistics from canna-legal states are increasingly proving that the exact opposite is true. Despite the [current] administration’s constant anti-cannabis rhetoric, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has confirmed that teen marijuana use has dropped in almost every state that has legalized recreational cannabis.

The most significant drop in teen use was reported in Colorado, where the rate of past-month pot use by individuals aged 12-17 fell almost 20%, from 11.13% in 2014-15 to 9.08% in 2015-16, the survey reports. The survey also confirms that Colorado teens are using less marijuana than they did before legalization. In the 2012-13 survey period, before the start of legal adult recreational sales in 2014, 11.16% of teens reported using pot. Washington State also saw a similar drop in teen pot use, the survey found. The rate of past-month cannabis use among 12-17 year olds fell from 9.17% in 2014-15 to 7.93% in 2015-16. These current rates are also lower than they were before the state legalized recreational use in 2012 — 9.45% of teens used pot in 2011-12 and 9.81% in 2012-13. Oregon and Washington D.C. also saw decreases in teen pot use, albeit smaller ones.

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Teen cannabis use has dropped significantly in States with legal weed, finds Federal study
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