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New Federal Govt Survey Says Teen Marijuana Use Decreased in 2016

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Launched on Sept 7, the annual Nationwide Survey on Drug Use and Well being by the Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Providers Administration (SAMHSA) studies that teen marijuana use charges have decreased nationally in 2016. Previous-month use charges amongst adults elevated barely, however alcohol use charges amongst all age teams decreased, indicating the likelihood that adults are substituting marijuana for alcohol.

Previous-month use charges for the 12-17 age group decreased by zero.5% from 2015 to six.5% nationally in 2016, studies MPP. That is the bottom degree of marijuana use on this age group since 2002. The info additionally exhibits a gentle lower since 2014, when the primary states to make marijuana authorized for adults started permitting regulated retail gross sales.

Morgan Fox, senior communications supervisor for the Marijuana Coverage Undertaking, stated, “Critics of legalization fear concerning the message being despatched to youth by marijuana coverage reform efforts, however the actual message is that marijuana ought to solely be utilized by accountable adults, and it appears to be sinking in. Regulating marijuana for adults reinforces that message and creates efficient mechanisms for making it harder for teenagers to acquire marijuana. Marijuana is objectively much less dangerous than alcohol, and regulation provides adults the authorized choice to decide on the safer substance.”

There are at present eight states that regulate marijuana equally to alcohol for adults, 4 of which voted to take action in 2016. Marijuana possession can also be authorized for adults within the District of Columbia. Twenty-three states and D.C. thought-about laws in 2017 to legalize and regulate marijuana.

February 2017 knowledge from the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting reported that the speed of marijuana use amongst adolescents “has not modified since legalization both when it comes to the variety of individuals utilizing or the frequency of use amongst customers.” A research launched final week by the Washington State Institute for Public Coverage additionally discovered that teen marijuana use has not elevated in that state. Colorado and Washington have been the primary states to make marijuana authorized and controlled for adults.