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Sat Jun 14, 2014, 01:56 AM

Teen Marijuana Use Remains Flat Nationwide As More States Legalize

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/teen-marijuana-use-flat_n_5492135.html

The biennial High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the rate of marijuana use among U.S. high school students remained virtually unchanged from 2011 to 2013. It's also about 3 percent less than the peak of teen marijuana use in 1999, when nearly 27 percent of teens said they had recently used marijuana, according to the CDC data.

...The CDC's findings are similar to those in a recent report published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, which compared 20 years of CDC YRBS data about high school teens' marijuana habits in states that have legalized medical marijuana compared with neighboring states that continue to ban the plant. It found that legalization of marijuana for medical purposes did not result in greater illicit use of the substance by high school students.

“Rates of teen alcohol and cigarette use have dropped, and we didn’t have to arrest any adults for using them,” Tvert said. “We could see the same results by regulating marijuana. Regulation works.”

Data was available for Colorado from 2009 to 2011, during a period of rapid medical marijuana dispensary expansion in the state, which ballooned to around 500 shops statewide. That data showed Colorado high school students' marijuana use decreased by nearly 3 percent.


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RainDog Jun 2014 OP
imthevicar Jun 2014 #1
tridim Jun 2014 #2
RainDog Jun 2014 #3
Styx Jun 2014 #4

Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 05:07 AM

1. Tax and regulate it

 

like Liquor and the teen use rate will be about the same.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 08:03 AM

2. None of the prohibitionist dire predictions are coming true.

Which was predicted by most people who aren't invested in reefer madness.

The debate is over and we won.

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Response to tridim (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 11:43 AM

3. It amazes me

that prohibitionists are turning their own fallacious arguments into attacks against the pro-legalization camp. But it shouldn't amaze me because they have no honest moral center about this issue - or science, or fairness.

I'm so freaking sick of the lies, tho.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 03:45 AM

4. Not particularly surprising.

 

Not to me, at any rate. Don't know about the experiences of others, but MJ was a LOT easier to find/get/buy at my high school (long before any move to decriminalize it) than alcohol was. There may be some few adults who decline to smoke weed because of the law, and significantly more who abstain due to secondary issues like workplace testing, but to a teen, both are illegal, makes no difference, so who cares? MJ, though, is(was) sold by unregulated criminals who have nothing to lose from not carding their customers, whereas the legal sellers of alcohol are strongly incentivized to sell only to adults. Plus, MJ is a lot easier to hide, carry, etc. in meaningful quantities. You can shove half an ounce of weed in the front pocket of your jeans. Try doing the same with a case of beer.

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