More Teens Than Ever Would Try Marijuana

WebMD 6 June 2018
Family First Comment: “These findings fly in the face of the Big Marijuana argument that somehow fewer young people will use marijuana if it is legalized. These data are clear. As more states move to commercialize, legalize and normalize marijuana, more young people are going to use today’s super-strength drug,” said Kevin Sabet, founder and president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
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One in four U.S. high school seniors would try marijuana or use it more often if it was legal, a new survey finds.

That rate — the highest in the 43-year history of the Monitoring the Future survey — likely reflects growing pot legalization in the United States, researchers said.

Broken down, about 15 percent of 12th graders said they would try marijuana if it was legal. And about 10 percent of current users said they would use it more often.

“These findings fly in the face of the Big Marijuana argument that somehow fewer young people will use marijuana if it is legalized,” said Kevin Sabet, founder and president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

“These data are clear. As more states move to commercialize, legalize and normalize marijuana, more young people are going to use today’s super-strength drug,” he said in a news release from the organization.
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