Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Monday, December 11, 2017

Encouraging new data from National Survey on Drug Use and Health concerning teenager marijuana use

I think even the most avid advocate for marijuana reform recognizes that it might not be great for teenagers to be regular users of marijuana (brain science research makes this point as well).  Thus, advocates for legalization have been heard to assert that teen use of marijuana could go down if legalization was coupled with sustained public advocacy against teen marijuana use.  I have been personally skeptical of the contention that teen use would go down in the wake of marijuana legalization, but some new numbers from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggests this could be the reality in at least some legalization states for now.   The new data from NSDUH is available here, and here are some different press accounts of the encouraging data:

From Marijuana Moment here, "Teen Marijuana Use Down In Most Legalized States, Federal Data Says"

From The Cannabist here, "Teen marijuana use in Colorado down post-legalization: The latest results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health align with data collected by Colorado"

From The Denver Channel here, "Marijuana use among Colorado teens declines again, government report shows"

From Washington Post here, "Following marijuana legalization, teen drug use is down in Colorado" 

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/2017/12/encouraging-new-data-from-national-survey-on-drug-use-and-health-concerning-teenager-marijuana-use.html

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