The last time Marijuana use among teens was this low... 1994.

Starting in 2016 with the legalization of cannabis in Washington and Oregon, rates of marijuana among the nations 12 to 17 year-olds dropped to their lowest level in more than two decades. This blows away predictions from cannabis opponents who were concerned the rate of use among teens would skyrocket.

Public health research has generally shown that alcohol use is more harmful to individuals and society than marijuana use, although marijuana still poses a number of risks to its users, especially young individuals whose brains are not fully developed.


While kids are staying off the grass, the federal data for adults ages 18 to 34 show an increase in cannabis use, the highest rate of use since 1985. Last year 20.8 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 used marijuana at least monthly, and among adults ages 26 to 34, 14.5 percent used marijuana monthly.

Nationwide, over 60 percent of American adults say marijuana use should be legal, according to an August 2017 Quinnipiac poll.



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