Study: 20 percent increase in youth marijuana use — Kids 12 to 17 used the drug 20% more in the two years since legalization

Kody Fisher, 22NEWS WWLP, January 17, 2016

Marijuana use by Colorado teens ages 12 to 17 has increased 20% more in the two years since legalization. The data came from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

With the increase the state moved from number 4 to number 1 in teen pot use.

“With the legalization of marijuana it has just kinda made people more comfortable with being open about. It’s more socially acceptable, so I think people are more open about the fact that they use it,” said Studio A64 Owner Ambur Racek.

“I can also see the argument that kids are still under reporting their use, because they’re being asked a question about something that’s still, somewhat, considered illegal at the federal level,” said Physician Kenneth Finn with Springs Rehabilitation.

Both sides said the arguments boils down to simple facts.

“This is just not good for kids and it’s not good for their brains and it’s not good for learning,” said Finn.


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